- The refugee crisis over the summer including refugees from Syria but also from other countries; the publication of a House of Lords report on unaccompanied migrant children in July 2016 and the visit by a delegation of senior local government figures to the Calais jungle migrant camp in August 2016.
- That 88,245 unaccompanied migrant children applied for asylum in 2015.
- That there are an estimated 10,000 missing unaccompanied migrant children in the EU.
- The UK must welcome its fair share of refugees to ease this crisis including unaccompanied refugee children.
- That Government should make additional funding available to local authorities to help with this and to build capacity.
- That refugees contribute a huge amount to local communities throughout the UK.
Conference calls for:
- National co-ordination which is essential to share intelligence around foster care capacity across the country.
- Central government to work closely with local government to ensure councils have the funding and support they need to help refugees.
- UK and French governments to work together to ensure that unaccompanied children are reunited with their families or otherwise given long-term security including access to education.
- Councils to support measures such as the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (SVPRS) and request that Syrian refugees are encouraged to settle in their area.
- Suitable housing to be made available to refugees in need.
- Councils to provide a contact point for newly arrived refugees to register their skills and qualifications and given assistance to find work.
- Improved provision for English language teaching for those who need it.