In 2016, 3,175 separated children claimed asylum in the UK. These children arrive in the UK seeking safety from countries where the state cannot protect their rights as children. They arrive in this country with no family and very few possessions, and most of them have little more than the clothes they are wearing.
The Welcome Packs we give to young refugees are backpacks filled with basic items such as toiletries, underwear and other basic clothing, and shoes. These
are items they desperately need when they arrive here and are a way to tell them that there are people who care about them and want to welcome them to the UK. A team of volunteers puts together the backpacks and prepares them for distribution. We work in partnership with the Refugee Council; which identifies needy recipients – usually unaccompanied minors who are released from immigration detention through their Age Dispute Project. Every quarter, between 25 and 50 Welcome Packs are distributed in London and throughout the country.
To date, some 200 Welcome Packs have been distributed to unaccompanied minors who have recently arrived in the UK. In addition, Welcome Packs are provided to new families under our Refugee Integration and Support Programme.
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