Government response to report on the human rights of unaccompanied migrant children

In February 2014, the Government published its response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights report on the Human Rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK.

The JCHR report on the Human Rights of unaccompanied children and young people in the UK was published in June 2013.

The Committee concluded that ‘… despite the rights to protection and support owed to those children by the UK under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, immigration concerns are too often given priority. The Report calls for a change in emphasis to put the best interests of such children at the heart of the often complex and stressful asylum and immigration processes affecting them’.