Child asylum seekers launch legal bid

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:21 GMT, Dec 29, 2016 |

Dozens of child asylum seekers formerly from The Jungle camp in Calais have launched a legal challenge to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Lawyers say 28 of them want written reasons for the determination that it was not in their “best interests” to be relocated to the UK.

They are seeking a judicial review in the High Court early in the new year.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.”

Eleven of those refused entry are aged 14, seven are 15, nine are 16 and one is 17. Sixteen are from Eritrea, 11 from Afghanistan and one is from Sudan.

Eight more waiting to have their cases determined are also involved in the legal bid, media reports say.

They were dispersed to 15 reception centres around France when The Jungle camp was dismantled at the end of October.