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Mapping funding in support of unaccompanied refugee children

On 25 Oct, ACF and the Ariadne Network jointly held a funders meeting which aimed to provide an update on the impact of the refugee crisis across Europe and explore how UK foundations could most effectively respond to it. The meeting unveiled a number of gaps in addressing short and long term needs of refugees, and serious concerns were raised in relation to the lack of adequate protection and support for unaccompanied refugee children (see meeting notes). It is estimated that of the 1,600 children dispersed throughout France following the demolition of the Calais refugee camp a third have already gone missing.

After what has happened in Calais, a lot of emphasis has been placed on making sure that the UK government honours its commitment to bring over to the UK refugee children currently residing in other parts of Europe that are legally entitled to be in the UK under the Dublin lll regulations and Dubs amendment. Partly in response to these developments, a few foundations have expressed an interest in working more closely together to better support these children.  

As part of this work, we thought it would be useful to carry out a light touch mapping exercise, consisting of a survey to be initially circulated amongst the members of the Asylum, Refugee & Migration network (ARM), to identify where the funding gaps are when it comes to supporting unaccompanied refugee children and establish whether there is an appetite for collaboration in response to these issues.

In order for the mapping exercise to be useful we need your input. So, it would be great if you could take a few minutes to reply to this survey:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KFNWL99

The deadline for completing the survey is Thursday 22 December.

If you would like to find out more about this work, please get in touch with Cristina Andreatta, Network Development Manager - Asylum, Refugee & Migration Issue-based Network

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