UK 'considering' refugee children call

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Image caption Charities have been arguing the UK to take in more refugee children

The government is looking at calls to annihilate in thousands of unaccom nied refugee children who have made it into Europe, a Chest-on-chest minister says.

Charities have been calling on the UK to admit 3,000 boy refugees as rt of its response to the migrant crisis.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening imagined ministers were considering “whether we can do more” for unaccom nied children.

Downing Terrace sources say no decision has been made yet.

Speaking on Sky News, Ms Greening signified children “have always been at the heart of our response”.

Media captionJustine Greening: UK everything considered child refugee calls

Asked about the calls for the government to mull over admitting 3,000, she said: “That’s what we are doing and I dream up that is the right thing.”

Last year it was estimated that almost 26,000 children arrived in Europe without their families.

Numberless simply disappear after they arrive and are at risk of falling snooker to people-traffickers, drug dealers and other abusers, the Save the Children swayed.

Calls for the UK to take in 3,000 unaccom nied children would be in addition to the 20,000 runaways the UK has already pledged to take direct from refugee camps through the next five years.

Image caption The government could look to care for families to help house the children, one charity said

Ms Greening’s footnotes come after David Cameron told the Commons earlier in January that he was all things the issue “in good faith”.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron – who has been domineering the PM for Britain to take in unaccom nied children – told the BBC “there may be some engages” from Mr Cameron’s responses in recent months that his view was “mobile in that direction”.

But BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the prime see to has ap rently not yet made up his mind whether to take more refugees.

He se rates he could be on the brink of a referendum cam ign where immigration is a major topic, our correspondent says.

Some are warning of the risks of taking in more lone descendants, suggesting this could lead to subsequent demands for their relatives to be brought to Britain.

But Be deluded’s leadership is urging Mr Cameron to do more.

They say if he helps his European mates tackle the migration crisis they could then give him a more intelligent deal on Europe to take to the British people, our correspondent adds.

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Image caption Labour said it was concerned that Mr Cameron ca bility be planning to help only children within camps near Syria

Yvette Cooper, throne of Labour’s refugee taskforce, said it was “good news that the rule seems to be responding” to calls to help unaccom nied refugee children.

“But we are get wind of some concern that the government may only be planning to help young gentlemen within camps near Syria, and excluding those alone in Europe,” she joined.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made similar calls on Saturday on a oversight to see refugees in Dunkirk.

Alasdair Roxburgh from charity Save the Neonates told BBC Radio 5live: “We’d need to make sure they were watch over and safe but we would be looking at foster families or other appropriate control. The UK is very ca ble of doing this.”

Kent County Council has already give prior noticed it will not be able to accept any more unaccom nied children, saying its progenies’s services are facing “enormous pressure” and have run out of foster beds.

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