Steep rise in unaccompanied children aged 14-17 seeking asylum

By Ann McGauran | 28 November 2019

The latest statistics released by the Home Office reveal a sharp annual rise in the number of asylum applications lodged in the UK by unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) aged 14-17.

New figures show the number of asylum applications lodged by UASC aged 16-17 in the year to the end of September 2019 was 2690 – up from 2031 the previous year, and a rise of 32%.

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