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Families reunited as asylum seekers transferred to the UK This is the latest in a series of flights which has brought asylum seekers to the UK from Greece to reunite with family, demonstrating that throughout the pandemic, the UK has remained open and fully committed to family reunification. Around two thirds of the group were children, who will now be supported by their UK family. The 28 are a mix of Afghan, Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Syrian and Bangladeshi nationals. Five arrived on Monday, eight on Tuesday and seven yesterday (Thursday). The remaining eight will arrive today (Friday). The youngest of the group was aged six, while the oldest was 42. Through resettlement schemes, the UK resettles more refugees than any other country in Europe and are in the top five countries worldwide. Since September 2015, more than 25,000 vulnerable refugees have been resettled, with around half being children. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: I am delighted that we can bring families, who have suffered the trauma of being separated, back together. These individuals, most of whom are children, are now able to be in the UK alongside their loved ones. Such arrivals show that our commitment to those in need of...
Following the judgment of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Alvi) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant), the Rules have been amended to include the requirements to be met for limited leave to remain as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child to be granted. The Rules reflect Home Office existing policy approach in terms of who qualifies for discretionary leave as previously set out in the Discretionary Leave guidance Unaccompanied children who submit asylum applications and who are over the age of 17 ½ will have their applications considered as children. If their claim for protection is refused, they are likely to have reached the age of majority when the asylum and appeals processes have concluded. Unaccompanied children can apply for leave under the Immigration Rules at the expiry of their current discretionary leave. As is current practice, existing contact management strategies are utilised to ensure that children, their social workers and legal representatives, apply for further leave at the conclusion of existing leave.