It is over a month since the Calais ‘jungle’ was demolished, and as Christmas approaches, 1600 unaccompanied children are still stuck in limbo in centres across France. At the time of the demolition Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Parliament it would be a good outcome if Britain took in ‘half’ of the total number of unaccompanied children. It is now clear that there were some 2000 unaccompanied children in Calais at the time of demolition, many more than first thought. However, we believe the commitment to half remains the right one. Given the 95,000 unaccompanied children who entered Europe last year, 1000 children in total from the Calais ‘jungle’ seems like a small responsibility for Britain to meet.

Join Citizens UK as we work with our Welcome teams and member organisations across the UK to make history.

If you or your local Welcome Group would like to participate in this national effort, make an appointment to see your local MP at their surgery and meet them, along with 10 local leaders, and ask them to sign the letter below. We are encouraging groups to turn this into a festive action through singing re-worded carols.

Carols
Draft Letter to Home Secretary
Model Press release