Refugee children from the French refugee camp at the port of Calais were brought legally to the UK. Those with relatives in the UK or who are alone, are now allowed to enter the UK. The first batch arrived on Oct. 17 and were welcomed by relatives. The refugee camp, known as the Jungle, is set to be forcibly dismantled and the UK has already built a wall around the channel tunnel, the undersea rail connection between the UK and France.
Fourteen children aged between 14 and 17 from the Calais refugee camp, known as the Jungle, arrived in south London to register at the immigration agency, meet with their relatives and begin their new lives. This man from Afghanistan has waited for 11 years to meet his younger brother again.
==ASIF UK Afghan==
I feel so wonderful, so excited, so happy to see him again after 11 years. I am just waiting for him to come out so I can hug him and give him big kisses. That's how I feel.
The Red Cross estimates that 1,000 unaccompanied children are living in the Jungle, of whom 178 have been identified as having family ties to Britain. It has said some of these children have been held back by bureaucracy. In the coming week, another 100 children will come to the UK from the camp. Religious leaders, refugee rights campaign groups and opposition parties have worked together to bring the children to the UK.
==ROWAN WILLIAMS Former Archbishop of Canterbury ==
Thank God that they have. It has been a long wait and that's why today is certainly something that we welcome but it has been a long wait and a day when we want to remind people of the urgency.
Britain has sent out a team to work with the French authorities to identify children who can be brought to Britain under the terms of a change to British immigration law known as the Dubs amendment. The Dubs amendment is named after the politician who proposed it, Alf Dubs, who came to Britain as a Jewish child refugee fleeing Nazi persecution.
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