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New arrivals: Four children from 'The Jungle' camp to arrive in Ireland soon

So far, 30 children who have been separated from their families have been brought to Ireland.

Unaccompanied migrant children leave
Unaccompanied migrant children leave "The Jungle" camp and are transferred to reception centres around France (2016).

FOUR MORE CHILDREN from the previously lived in the dismantled refugee camp in Calais will arrive in Ireland in the coming days, the government has announced.

It brings the total number of separated children that have been brought from Calais to Ireland to 30.

Other children are currently being assessed and screened for admission to Ireland and will be met by specialist Tusla social workers.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone:

Warlords, criminals and thugs have put children in the frontline.
Forced to flee poison gas, barrel bombs and bullets many end up separated from their loved ones – often during a perilous journey at the hands of human traffickers.

She said that Tusla employees have been at camps in France assessing the suitability of bringing children to Ireland.

“It is not enough to condemn those who target our children – we must also offer support and an opportunity to restart young lives.”

Jim Gibson of Tusla said that it had committed to implementing the government’s policy of taking on refugee children separated after ‘The Jungle’ was dismantled.

We are proud that to date 26 children have been brought to Ireland from Calais and provided with specialist care and support in light of the traumatic experiences many of them have had before arriving here.

Read: Six more teenagers from ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp arrive in Ireland

Read: The first 40 minors coming to Ireland from the Calais migrant camp will be teenage boys

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