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Britain to begin taking in eligible children from Calais refugee camp

A migrant held a sign aloft during a protest last week near a refugee camp in Calais.

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A migrant held a sign aloft during a protest last week near a refugee camp in Calais.

PARIS — The British government announced Monday that it will begin accepting eligible children from the Calais migrant camp in northern France within ‘‘a week at the most.’’

Speaking in Parliament on Monday evening, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told British lawmakers that she expects aid organizations to give her a list of the qualified children stranded in Calais seeking to enter Britain in the coming days. Some have been stranded for more than a year.

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Rudd’s deadline follows the French government’s recent pledge to demolish the camp before the end of the year.

A group called Safe Passage will provide a number of children with emergency packs containing cellphones, chargers, and food. The transfers are likely to take place via Eurostar or bus.

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The issue of unaccompanied children — mostly from Afghanistan and Sudan — living in the squalor of a sprawling migrant camp between two of Europe’s wealthiest capitals has become one of the most widely denounced aspects of Europe’s migration crisis.

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