Within days, Bri­tain to take in mi­grant kids from Calais camp

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

LON­DON — Within days, Bri­tain will be­gin ad­mit­ting hun­dreds of chil­dren from a bor­der refugee camp on the French side of the English Chan­nel, the U.K. gov­ern­ment said Mon­day.

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd told law­mak­ers in the House of Com­mons that the gov­ern­ment would act with ur­gency to take in mi­grant chil­dren who have rel­a­tives in Bri­tain.

France has been pres- sur­ing Bri­tain to ac­cept the chil­dren from the camp in Calais. Rudd spoke af­ter meet­ing her French coun­ter­part, Bernard Cazeneuve, who said Bri­tain has a “moral duty” to take in “sev­eral hun­dred iso­lated mi­nors with fam­ily in Bri­tain.”

Thou­sands of mi­grants flee­ing war and hard­ship from coun­tries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have reached the Chan­nel port town in the hope of mak­ing it to Bri­tain.

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