Unaccompanied Calais Jungle children arrive in UK ahead of camp demolition

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Unaccompanied Calais Jungle children arrive in UK ahead of camp demolition

A young boy arrives on a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after leaving the Calais ‘Jungle Camp’ (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Fourteen Calais Jungle children have been pictured arriving in the UK to be reunited with relatives ahead of the demolition of the French camp.

Officials stepped up their efforts this month to resettle the migrant children as plans to dismantle the Jungle get underway.

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The youngsters, who are currently registering with the Home Office in Croydon, left the port in Northern France earlier today.

Dozens more children are expected to arrive in the UK this week after a team of British officials were sent to Calais to help authorities speed up the transfer of minors.

The group of 14 were welcomed by the charity Citizens UK, which has reunited 60 children from Calais with relatives in Britain since March.

CROYDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: A boy is escorted after stepping off a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after arriving from the Calais

Fourteen migrant children from the camp arrived in the UK today (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

CROYDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: A boy is escorted after steping off on a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after arriving from the Calais

The children are to be reunited with relatives (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

CROYDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: A boy is escorted after stepping off a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after arriving from the Calais

A teenager enters the building with a smile on his face (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Lord Dubs, whose amendment to the Immigration Act 2016, requires the Government to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from Europe, said: ‘In the coming days, Citizens UK’s Safe Passage team will be working round the clock to ensure that all children with a legal right to sanctuary in the UK are brought to safety.

‘This includes the children eligible under the Dubs amendment, for whom there is still no official process in place. No child must be left behind in the chaos of demolition.

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‘Looking ahead we must never allow a repeat of Calais.

‘The Government must learn lessons from this situation and realise that it has a duty to make the Dublin mechanism work across Europe, as well as establishing a clear procedure for children without family eligible for sanctuary under the Dubs amendment.’

Actress Juliet Stevenson said it was a ‘proud moment’ for Britain. She said: ‘We did the right thing.

‘Many children will sleep safely in warm beds tonight but in the coming days we must make sure every last child with a right to sanctuary here is brought to safety.’

CROYDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Young men are escorted after stepping off a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after arriving from the Calais

Hundreds of migrant children have been identified as having a right to come to the UK (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Asif Khan, whose brother Aimal Khan was one of fourteen migrant children who arrived in the UK, stands outside Lunar House in Croydon, south London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. The 25-year-old chef has been living in the UK for 11 years, having fled Afghanistan himself. His brother Aimal Khan, 14, also from Afghanistan, had been stranded in the Jungle for six months. See PA story POLITICS Calais. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Asif Khan, whose brother Aimal Khan was one of fourteen migrant children who arrived in the UK, stands outside Lunar House (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

CROYDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: A young boy arrives on a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after leaving the Calais

Officials stepped up their efforts this month to resettle the migrant children (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Speaking from the camp, campaigners said they have identified hundreds of children who have a right to come to the UK.

Reasons being that they have family ties here under the so-called Dublin regulations, or through the Dubs amendment.

The Government has faced criticism over efforts to identify and transfer youngsters through the routes.

Last week Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the Commons that more than 80 unaccompanied children had been accepted for transfer under the Dublin regulation so far this year.

Under the rule, asylum claims must be made in the first safe country a person reaches – but children can have their application transferred to another country if they have family members living there.

The Home Secretary also said that more than 50 children had been taken, largely from Greece, under Lord Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Act.

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The Calais Jungle is set to be demolished (Picture: REX)

An aerial view of the migrant camp in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. There are more than 6000 migrants fleeing conflict zones or poverty, according to local officials, at the rapidly growing new migrant camp outside Calais, hoping to make it across the English Channel to Britain. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

The Immigration Act 2016 requires the Government to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from Europe (Picture: AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

pic - reuters A young boy from Afghanistan pushes his bycicle in the mud in the southern part of the camp known as the

A young boy from Afghanistan pushes his bycicle in the mud in the Calais Jungle (Picture: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol)