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Can I congratulate my my honourable friend the Member for 1-1 south, the Member for South East Cambridgeshire and others, for securing this important and timely debate. -- the member forward or so. Can I start by welcoming member forward or so. Can I start by welcoming the water government has done to support refugees, the work that has been done to invest in camps in the region, to set up the Syrian vulnerable persons refugee scheme, and also the work that was done last autumn to clear the Calais camp and get children into safety.
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The UK has a proud history of providing protection for those in need and we will continue to play our part in protecting the most vulnerable children affected by the migration crisis. The government has taken significant steps to improve an already come brands of approach to supporting asylum seeking and refugee children. We will continue to work to address the migration crisis and I believe the UK can be proud of its overall contribution to date and proud that we will continue to deliver on the programmes I have described.
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If our aim is a country is to help those most in need fleeing conflict and persecution, then the government strategy is the right one. I welcomed the statement last week by the UN High Commissioner for refugees, where he said that in relation to resettlement, the UK is doing very remarkable things.
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In that case, would she be surprised to note that of the 750 children that came from Calais during equivalence, less than ten came from Syria. That is why I believe we are doing the right thing in going to the refugee camps and working with UNHCR, ruling out similar schemes to the ones that the Australians, Canadians and Americans have been delivering, to enable both children and the most need to come to the UK.
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Whilst the Minister is just laying out the government's priority is here, can he be clear about what he has said about capacity increase? He says we have 115 staffing increases. Of those, -- staff in Greece. Of those, how many are working on transfers to the UK? I could give you the figures but we have 115 people there. Our work in Calais showed that there are only a handful of children from Syria. I know this motion talks specifically about children from Syria, and she talked about children fleeing Aleppo and horrible situations in Syria.
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The Government agrees that is safe legal routes can help combat trafficking. That is why we have six other legal routes by which children can safely come to the United Kingdom. But the migration crisis has shown that factors such as policy changes and political messaging can influence the movement of migrants. There must be reasonable example why around 2000 asylum seekers in the EU last year chose Germany and Sweden. And it is important to note children fleeing conflict and the persecution of the region.
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I would like to make a bit process if May. Want to talk about the trafficking issue that has been raised. I want to address the issue of trafficking put up must make clear one thing in particular.
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Has there been a survey done of people coming in because I would like to know what the evidence is? Certainly we take the prosecution and detection of people trafficking crime very seriously, particularly working closely with our French colleagues. I was last week in Holland and Belgium meeting with my opposite numbers and we have joint operations at the ports to insure these people trafficking gangs can be arrested and prosecuted and there has been a number of situations where that has happened and I will give the actual numbers but there have been a number of successful prosecutions.
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That is why the chicks need to be made and it is also why give resources to local authorities ensure that they can themselves check the welfare of the children. I will certainly give way. I wonder if he could give an exact same detailed analysis and responds to the honourable gentleman about how many people have been convicted in the UK for such trafficking in the last year. How many people have been convicted for those offences and also, he wouldn't mind laying out in the House of Commons library for us the evidence, Pat surveys that has led him to emphasise the pool factors.
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50 places for failed Dublin B locations. We sped back to be a minimum number. The Minister has medical shall point here. That so many children who have come intervention.
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It is not working. And we need to ensure that for the benefit of the children networks for the good of them and their relatives. Is there going to be a response to the corner from the independent anti-slavery Commissioner? It is indeed very important that the Dublin process works effectively and also takes into account the safeguarding of the children and shakes do need to be made to ensure that the family connection is a genuine one but also that those children will be cared for and indeed, we have had a number of children admitted under the Dublin protocol where actually that has not worked out and that is why the specified number that was set with local authorities has left some slack in there.
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What he was saying was that they wanted stuff out there to help with this scheme but at the dinner meeting that we had with him he mentioned there was only one member of the Home Office staff out there. Can I suggest the run more stuff out there then there would be more confidence in the right children being referred under the scheme. We have 115 staff increased at the minute. terms of specific updates about the case.
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Will the Minister clarify if his department regularly re-consult with local authorities to maintain an up-to-date overview of capacity for the children? I engage regularly with local authorities will double their places in Scotland then please numbers of staff from the Home Office who are in France and Greece and Italy? I want to ask.
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Should be clear that the knot by night 7% is not a target, it is an indication of when it would not be appropriate to transfer for the children to that local authority. I will give way. Several local authorities including Glasgow City Council have spoken to say that they were not consulted on their capacity to house refugees and they do remain ready, able and willing to accept more and shelter more unaccompanied children.
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We consulted extensively... Are just need to make stop we consulted extensively with local authorities over several months to arrive at the number of additional children that they could take under 67. This included my predecessor biting, and I've also written to all local authorities, in national want of the event and over ten regional events in every part of England.
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The basis on which these transfers will be made with the Government would accept 3000 children from Europe under 60 seven. In fact, parliament voted against such an amendment. The legislation is clear that the Government has the obligation to specify the number of children to be relocated and to relocate back number of children to the UK. That is exactly what we're doing. There is been some suggestion that my lead assessor confirmed that 3000 children would come and be resettled. He was actually referring to the vulnerable children to resettlement scheme and we are committed to bringing 3000 children and their families under that scheme by the end of the parliament.
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We have engage with partners on this issue and we will continue to do so over the coming weeks and months to ensure that children with close family in the UK can be transferred here for assessment of their asylum claim quickly and safely. We're also working closely with the member states to deliver this. If I could make a bit of progress. Mr Deputy Speaker, I am praised deliberate pleased that the Home Secretary will be writing to counterparts to us for referrals for eligible children to the specified number 350.
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The French Government has made clear commitments to provide migrants who have claimed asylum with appropriate support. Those asylum seeking children close family members in the UK, not just parents, can be transferred here for assessment of their claim. We are fully committed to the timely and efficient operation of the Dublin regulation and we support the principle of family unification.
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In France we responded to a humour Terry and needs in tandem with a sovereign member state. We continue to closely with the French to address the situation in Dunkirk but both the UK and French Government are clear that migrants in northern France want claim asylum, including children, should do so in France and not risk their lives by attempting to enter the UK illegally.
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These are not orphaned children. These are children whose parents are sending them forward. One looks at the mortality in the Mediterranean weather children make that journey. Factors encourage people to make those jennies and many people sadly end in a watery grave. -- those journeys. Our fund prioritises unaccompanied and separated children. It provides immediate support alongside legal advice and family reunification were possible.
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We must be of factors that be created when people make statements which can encourage people to enlist people traffickers. I thank the Minister for giving way. Does he recognise the best selling technique for the smugglers is there is no alternative safe and legal route for children to get to safety in the United Kingdom? The hope onto the Grubman Pozner approaches to help them making that journey.
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In Greece who spent £28 million to support migrants and refugees to keep an such as the UNHCR and the Red Cross. The support has reached more than 250,000 people. Thank you for setting up the fax of this matter. Would he agree that we have to be careful about unintended consequences? The sentiments of the other side of that kind of squalor existing again.
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