Some unaccompanied children from the infamous Calais jungle camp have been rehomed in Hertfordshire, the county council revealed last month.
About 1,500 people were moved from the camp where it’s believed at least 7,000 people had been living in atrocious conditions. This figure includes over 1,300 unaccompanied children.
Within a couple of hours of receiving 10 girls from Ethiopia and Eritrea in the early hours of Sunday morning, placements were found with foster carers across the county.
The girls arrived in the UK under the ‘Dubs amendment’ rules, which allow vulnerable children refuge in Britain.
Richard Roberts, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our foster carers and staff, who were on standby all night. They showed real compassion, kindness and commitment in what were very trying circumstances.”
With French authorities clearing the camp from the end of last month, Hertfordshire, along with all other local authorities, was asked by the Government to make available a small number of foster placements to receive children from the camp.
The camp was dismantled on October 25 and children who were left behind were due to be housed in shipping containers while the rest of the camp was dismantled.
Read more in the November edition of your local My News magazine.
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