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Migrant children must have dental checks - UK MP

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>> A British lawmaker is calling for migrant children coming to the UK to have dental checks in order to work out exactly how old they are. Conservative MP David Davies says the young people should have their teeth and bones examined. This, after a group arrived in Britain from the camp in Calais to be reunited with relatives.
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And there were suggestions they could be adults trying to get into the country.>> Clearly, if people are willing to jump onto moving lorry's or electrified train tracks in order to get to the UK, they're not going to worry about telling a few fibs about their age if that's what they have to do to get here.
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It's just common sense. If they are children then we can and should be helping them. We are gonna help them, and that's the right thing to do. I'm just saying that what we shouldn't do is allow that great well of hospitality that we have in Britain to be abused by people who are claiming to be children when they're not.
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Apart from anything else, it's gonna make it harder for us to help the people who genuinely need it.>> But the British Dental Association says these checks would be unethical. And they cannot accurately determine whether someone is under 18 or not. Citizens UK assures the Home Office age assessments are robust.
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>> The reason why they look so haggard and old is, when we first raised their cases a year ago with the Home Office, they got clear legatl right to re-unite with their families. And they've been left languishing up until now, risking their lives basically daily on train tracks, on the one hand, or falling into the hands of people traffickers on the other.
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So of course they look pretty haggard. And it's clear that Home Office hasn't done a great job of explaining to Parliament and to the public exactly how they do these tests. But they are very rigorous. The children are eligible and have been waiting a heck of a long time.
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>> And Citizens UK says there are still very vulnerable groups in the camp that need to be helped as a top priority, before it's cleared it in the next few weeks. Among them, they say, 43 unaccompanied girls, one just nine years old, who haven't been processed yet. Two have been sexually assaulted in the last 48 hours.