Child refugees ‘betrayed’ by UK as Home Office sends them to adult detention centres. Unaccompanied alien children apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration officials are transferred to the care and custody of ORR. There are many ways children can find themselves alone. David Cameron has announced that the government is going to accept an unspecified number of unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and other war zones on top of the 20,000 people the UK is set to accept by 2020. ORR promptly places an unaccompanied child in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interests of the child, taking into consideration danger to self, danger to the community, and risk of flight. As I write, there are around 4,253 unaccompanied child refugees on the Greek mainland and its islands. The Government is committed to doing this and has a strong record on supporting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. Children and families International Refugees and asylum seekers Looked after children Joint letter to UK Minister for Immigration. In a report released late on Wednesday, the United Nations Children… However, there are only 1,873 places available in long term accommodation. While all children must be protected, some of our youngest asylum-seekers and refugees face even greater risks, such as “unaccompanied minors and separated children” – often youths who have fled alone. The number of unaccompanied child refugees globally has increased five-fold since 2010, according to new figures by UNICEF. You are absolutely right to say that the UK should continue to take action to help those who are vulnerable and need our protection, specifically unaccompanied child refugees. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have written jointly to the UK Minister for Immigration expressing concern about the treatment of unaccompanied child refugees. Hundreds of unaccompanied children on the Greek island of Lesbos are exposed to inhuman and degrading living conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. Children, unable to secure a …