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Brent Council takes in eight children from refugee camp in Calais

PUBLISHED: 11:16 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:04 31 October 2016

Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray

Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray

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Brent Council has taken in eight children from the refugee camp in France.

In the last week the borough has had requests from the Home Office to assess families believe to be related to the youngsters who have been living in the camp in Calais nicknamed the ‘jungle’.

All eight children will either be placed with their relatives or under the care of the council.

Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray, Brent Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Despite the ongoing cuts to local government funding, we hope that other local authorities will follow the example set in Brent and make further provision to support these unaccompanied children.

“I am extremely proud that here in Brent we are continuing to play our part, providing support for those most in need. Our borough - the most culturally diverse in the country - has always welcomed people from across the world.

As a council, we will continue to work closely with the Home Office to ensure that we are doing all we can to help those affected by this crisis.”

The council currently has 150 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in its care – one the highest number in London.

Residents who would like to offer support to refugee children should visit www.brent.gov.uk/your-community/supporting-syrian-refugees-in-brent.

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