In Brief

Britain tops EU table for child asylum claims

Number of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in UK rose to 3,650 last year

The UK received a fifth of all the unaccompanied children who arrived in the European Union seeking asylum last year, newly published figures show.

The number of minors arriving in Britain without a parent or guardian rose by 19% year-on-year to 3,650 - the highest total of any country in the bloc, according the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). 

Of the unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK, 584 came from Eritrea. The UK also received 92% of the total 485 Vietnamese minors arriving in the EU, and 69% of 760 minors who travelled from Iran.

Kent County Council leader Roger Gough told The Times that “the number of migrants crossing the Channel had increased significantly in the past year, putting pressure on council facilities”. 

The number of child migrants arriving in Kent has doubled in a year, he added, leaving the council in a “critical situation”. 

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––For a round-up of the most important stories from around the world - and a concise, refreshing and balanced take on the week’s news agenda - try The Week magazine. Start your trial subscription today –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Of a total 738,000 asylum seekers of all ages who arrived in the EU in 2019, the UK received 44,835 - the fifth highest in the bloc. Germany received the most asylum claims (165,615), followed by France (128,940) and Spain (117,795), and Greece (77,275), according to the EASO data.

The Daily Mail reports that Europe as a whole saw an 11% rise in asylum claims, “although figures are still below the peak seen in the 2015 migrant crisis”.

Recommended

Five revelations from the BBC’s Princes and the Press that sparked a royal feud
Harry and William
Behind the scenes

Five revelations from the BBC’s Princes and the Press that sparked a royal feud

‘Is shouting over the Channel really the reality of Global Britain?’
The White Cliffs of Dover
Instant Opinion

‘Is shouting over the Channel really the reality of Global Britain?’

Will Britain comply with new Covid rules?
A police officer wearing a mask
Today’s big question

Will Britain comply with new Covid rules?

UK’s latest Covid travel rules explained
Covid-19 test centre at Heathrow Terminal 5
Getting to grips with . . .

UK’s latest Covid travel rules explained

Popular articles

Woman diagnosed with ‘climate change’
Humber Bay Arch Bridge in Toronto
Stranger than fiction

Woman diagnosed with ‘climate change’

Vladimir Putin and his mysterious love life
Vladimir Putin and his now ex-wife Lyudmila Putina
Profile

Vladimir Putin and his mysterious love life

Trump ‘upset his son won’t say he loves him’
Donald and Barron Trump
Tall Tales

Trump ‘upset his son won’t say he loves him’

The Week Footer Banner