Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that the names of unaccompanied children living in Calais's Jungle camp who are eligible to brought to Britain will be given to the UK government.
Talking to MPs in the House of Commons, Rudd admitted that delays in France had prevented the UK taking action sooner, but from receiving the names, action would then be taken within ‘a matter of days - a week at the most’.
Senior religious figures have already urged the UK to allow nearly 400 refugee children into the UK before the camp is demolished, with French President Francois Hollande planning to clear the area, known as the Jungle, by the end of the year.
Under the regulations of the EU rules, known as the Dublin regulations, asylum seekers must make an initial asylum claim in the first EU state they reach, but can apply for asylum in other EU states if they have family there.
Under the laws, Rudd announced that more than 80 unaccompanied children had been accepted to the UK so far this year, with a further 50 children accepted under the so-called Dubs amendment.
The announcement comes as new Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott called on Rudd to ‘stand up and do what people all over this country want us to do - fulfil our moral responsibilities’.