UK close to deal to transfer child refugees from Calais, says Rudd


Home secretary says initial effort will focus on safeguarding unaccompanied children as French camp closes

British and French ministers are close to a deal to safeguard or bring to the UK hundreds of unaccompanied refugee children as France prepares to close the Calais camp, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, has told MPs.

Rudd said after a two-hour meeting on Monday with her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, that the official effort would focus initially on safeguarding children aged 12 and under. She said: “We are expecting to reach agreement. When the camp clearances take place in the next few weeks we will be working very closely with the French.”

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