Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving in Kent

Community Care reports that Border Force has taken responsibility for the care of new unaccompanied asylum-seeking children crossing the Channel into Kent after the local authority said it could no longer accommodate arrivals. The children and young people are staying at the Border Force intake centre in Dover until they can be transferred to other local authorities, to be cared for under the national transfer scheme set up to more evenly share the costs of supporting unaccompanied children. Figures show that 448 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children had arrived in Kent up to 17 August 2020 compared with 199 up to the end of August in 2019.

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