Britain’s undocumented children: Good things and small packages

Repeating Islands

Britain’s undocumented children are caught between liberal courts and squeezed local budgets—The Economist reports. Follow link below for the original report.

WHEN her father died, Claire came on her own from Jamaica, aged 12, to join her older half-sister. She misbehaved and the sister kicked her out. The Home Office revoked her authorisation to stay, telling her to go back to the Caribbean; Claire, then 15, absconded instead. A few years later, pregnant and on the streets, she turned to the network of charities that look after the destitute in Birmingham, especially the Children’s Society. After over a year moving between night shelters and temporary rooms, she now has “discretionary leave” to remain with her children. This entitles her to housing and income support, but she will have to reapply before long.

Irregular migrants have long been a neuralgic issue in Britain. Under the previous Labour government a backlog…

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