France urged to house children living alone in Calais camp

The children’s commissioners for England and France have called on the French government to identify, register and house the 1,000 lone asylum-seeking children who are living in dire conditions in the Calais camp, “as a matter of urgency” before the site is demolished.

Musicians from a circus company perform for children in the Calais refugee camp.

After President François Hollande announced that the refugee camp would be shut down and asylum seekers moved to official centres around the country, charities said they were concerned about the safety of the unaccompanied child refugees, who make up about 10% of the camp population.