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Home Office challenged over 'Jungle' asylum rejections

By Kate Ferguson

Dozens of children who lived in the Calais 'Jungle' camp have launched a legal challenge against Home Secretary Amber Rudd for mishandling their asylum claims, according to reports.

Lawyers representing 36 children say the Government broke its promise to bring vulnerable accompanied minors to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act, The Guardian reported.

Most of those bringing the action - 28 - have had their asylum applications turned down while the other eight are still waiting to hear the Home Office's final decision.

Threatened with a major political rebellion led by Lord Dubs, the Government agreed to take in more children from the refugee camp which was demolished in October.

According to lawyers, the Home Office has failed to bring many of the most vulnerable refugee children to the UK and not given proper written decisions in refusing these applications.

A Home Office spokeswoman said in response to the report: "It would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal proceedings."

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