The British government has been urged to step up efforts to transfer lone child refugees from other parts of Europe, as temperatures plunged below freezing across the south of the continent.
Thousands of refugees are still housed in flimsy tents, without proper flooring, at risk of freezing to death from the arctic blast across Europe that has brought temperatures to -15C (5F) in Greece and as low as -20C in Serbia and Hungary.
The Home Office minister Lady Williams said this week that although the UK had taken hundreds of child refugees after the dismantling of the Calais jungle camp, none had been taken from elsewhere in Europe.
“The government has transferred more than 750 children to the UK in support of the French operation to clear the Calais camp under both the family reunification provisions of the Dublin regulation and the terms of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016,” she said, in answer to a question from the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Roberts.
“More eligible children will be transferred from Europe, in line with the terms of the Immigration Act, in the coming months and we will continue to meet our obligations under the Dublin regulation.”
The Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, said the government must start transferring children from freezing camps in southern Europe as soon as possible.
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