Group of refugee children from Calais Jungle arrive in Scotland

Quiet arrival comes in stark contrast to group photographed arriving in Croydon in October, who were subjected to intense scrutiny regarding their ages

Refugee girls walk towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the evacuation of the Calais Jungle on 24 October 2016 AFP/Getty Images
Refugee girls walk towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the evacuation of the Calais Jungle on 24 October 2016 AFP/Getty Images

A group of refugee children have arrived safely and quietly in Scotland, nearly three weeks after the Calais Jungle was demolished.

The Home Office said a group of girls aged between 15 and 17 who left a reception centre in France landed at Edinburgh airport on Saturday, without incident.

The children were brought to the UK by Home Office staff, with support from the local authority, under the Dubs amendment.

Several groups of unaccompanied refugee children have been transferred to England since October. An early group were taken to an immigration centre in Croydon where they were photographed and subjected to intense scrutiny by members of the rightwing media, who claimed some of them did not appear young enough.

Tory MP David Davies even called for dental checks to assess the refugees’ ages.

Screens had to be erected in the London borough to protect later groups from paparazzi photographers and vitriolic headlines.

 

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