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Concerns raised over deportation of age-disputed children to Rwanda

This week various charities and news outlets have raised concerns that some age-disputed children are being declared as adults by the Home Office and detained in preparation for being sent to Rwanda.

Investigations by The Guardian and The Independent have raised concerns about there being several age-disputed children potentially caught up in the Rwanda deportation scheme. The Guardian reported on 13 June 2022 that it was understood three age-disputed children have now been released, but allegedly at least three more detainees threatened with removal are age-disputed children.

Various children's charities comprising the Refugee and Migrant Children's Consortium including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Coram Children's Legal Centre have jointly written a letter to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, outlining their concerns around children being caught up in the deportation policy.

For the Coram Children's Legal Centre response, click here.
For the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's response, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers