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Calais migrant children to arrive in UK

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>> They've traveled all the way from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. And now some of these migrant children will finally arrive in the UK to be reunited with relatives. Britain is due to welcome more than 80 migrant children from the camp in Calais, northern France. Before the so called jungle is cleared by French authorities.
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But many say that's not enough, and that the UK is ready to welcome more. Reuters, Estelle Shirbon, is in London.>> Church leaders and, in particular, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who's been speaking about this on Media Today, have argued that actually there has been a huge upsurge of solidarity within the British public for these children and more generally for the migrants stuck in the Calais Jungle camp.
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And Ron Williams has been saying that there have been out pourings of donations, of offers to welcome people into people's homes. And they're calling very strongly for the government to recognize that there is a need from common decency and humanity to come to the assistance of these children and to stop allowing bureaucratic hurdles and delays to get in the way of them starting new and safer better lives in the UK.
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Normally a refugee must seek asylum in the first safe country they reach. But children can have their claims transferred to another country if they have family members living there. It's though they could be up to 10000 people living in the Calais camp. The Red cross says over estimated 1000 unaccompanied children, there a 178 have been identified as having family ties to the UK.
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Britain's home secretary says she wants as many minors as possible brought to the UK before that. But aid groups worry the planned closure could mean many children disappear before they are processed.