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Number of lone asylum seeking kids on the rise; In Brief.

THE number of lone children seeking asylum in the UK has passed 1,000 in a quarter for the first time in seven years, official data shows.

A total of 1,080 unaccompanied minors lodged claims in the final three months of last year - equivalent to 11 every day. This was the largest tally in any quarter since the same number of applications were recorded in the last quarter of 2008, Press Association analysis found.

It is the first time since then that the quarterly total has exceeded 1,000, and the joint third highest number since the current records started in 2006. An unaccompanied asylum-seeking child (UASC) is officially defined as someone who is under 18 who applies for asylum in his or her own right and who has no relative or guardian in the UK.

Analysis of Government figures provides fresh evidence of the sharp jump in UASC applications amid the international migration crisis. The number received in October, November and December was 80% higher than in the same period of the previous year.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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