As there is no immigration rule to allow for children to make refugee family reunion applications, any child who wants to try has to make an application outside of the rules.
This is according to the January 2020 report from the Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Save the Children. This study exposes how the UK Government’s policy on refugee family reunion is damaging the lives of children in the UK.
The report finds:
- Many child refugees have experienced serious trauma and continuing separation from their families can only exacerbate this
- In 2018, 1,072 children and young adults were recognised as refugees and a further 73 individuals who applied for asylum as children were granted Humanitarian Protection
- In 2018, 3,063 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in their own right in the UK, 89 per cent of them boys
- In some cases, decisions to flee are made with great urgency with no plan for where the child might end up.