British judges have ordered that three Syrian youths and an accompanying adult should immediately be brought to Britain to join their relatives and to escape the “living hell” of a Calais refugee camp.
Refugee welfare groups described as groundbreaking the order by two immigration judges that three unaccompanied boys and a dependent adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their family in Britain while their asylum claims are studied.
The four young men fled Syria last September and arrived at the Calais “Jungle” camp in October. They are said to have been deeply traumatised by their experiences and had applied for the British government to take charge of their asylum claims that would allow them to live in the country.
Judge Mark Ockelton and Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey were told the four had only spent one night in heated accommodation since arriving at the camp.
But the Home Office rejected their applications under the “Dublin regulations” that would only allow an asylum seeker in Calais to join family in Britain if they had already applied for asylum in France and there was an official request from Paris for them to join their British relatives.
The Syrians’ lawyers successfully challenged the decision in a judicial review arguing that the Dublin system is not working. The immigration and asylum tribunal judges ruled on Wednesday that they should be allowed to join their relatives while their asylum claims are considered by the Home Office. The judges accepted that evidence of a written claim to asylum in France was sufficient proof that they had initially sought safety there.
The judges heard from one volunteer worker at the camp, Laura Griffiths, that conditions were akin to a “living hell” and unaccompanied children were particularly vulnerable to violence.
Of the four, two are in their late teens, one of whom is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, and along with a second boy urgently needed to be reunited with his family, the tribunal was told. The other two are brothers, with a 17-year-old the carer for his 26-year-old brother – who has mental health problems – despite himself suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress reaction.
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