Paris demanded Monday that Britain honor promises to take in migrant children from the notorious Jungle camp in the French port city of Calais, adding to pressure following accusations by the Red Cross that London is dragging its heels.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he would press the case at a lunchtime meeting in London with his opposite number in the British government, Amber Rudd.
“There are several hundred isolated minors with family in Britain,” Cazeneuve said. “I solemnly ask Britain to live up to its moral duty,” he told RTL radio ahead of his London meeting.
The notoriously overcrowded Jungle camp is home to nearly 10,000 people who have mostly fled war and strife in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Africa with the ultimate goal of reaching Britain.
The Red Cross charity accused Britain Sunday of leaving hundreds of young children with the right to join family in Britain in limbo in Calais, where the squalid Jungle camp is soon to be dismantled.
“Of the estimated 1,000 unaccompanied children who are currently living in the Calais ‘Jungle’, 178 have been identified as having family ties to the U.K. This gives them the right to claim asylum in the same country,” the Red Cross said.