By Kamena Dorling
Earlier this year, the Home Office removed a mentally ill mother and five-year-old child to Nigeria, despite the risk that both she and her son would end up on the streets and at risk of prostitution, child labour or trafficking. Following a legal challenge, the Upper Tribunal gave an order that the family be brought back to Britain as the Home Office had failed to have regard to the child’s best interests as a primary consideration.
Unfortunately this case is not exceptional when it comes to the treatment of young refugees and migrants. Indeed, a report launched today by a group of leading children’s charities, which Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) contributed to, found vulnerable children are being put at increasing risk.
CCLC provides legal advice to over 700 migrant children and families a year. We work with children who are in the UK because they are fleeing conflict, human rights abuses or who have already been victims of trafficking. Others were born hereRead More »from How we impoverish children in the name of a tough immigration policy