More and more refugee childeren are being detained in different countries in the European Union. The UK government, for example, currently detains more than 2,000 children, including babies, in immigration detention centres every year. That's equivalent to the number of pupils at a large inner-city secondary school.
These children have not committed any crime but are held behind locked doors and high barbed wire fences. Five years ago it was rare for families and children to be detained for immigration purposes. Now, members of the No Place for a Child coalition have documented detentions lasting anything from 7 to 268 days.
Detaining these children is wrong - regardless of the merits of a family’s asylum case.