Kent secondary school children are being replaced by illegal immigrants in Ashford and Canterbury.
Secondary schools in Canterbury and Ashford currently have no year 7 & 9 places for British children due to the school’s massive influx of asylum-seeking children according to Kent County Council.
Kent County Council stated that this situation has been created by the “unexpected and therefore unplanned arrivals of refugee children disproportionately placed by the Home Office in these two areas.”
Figures show a total of 1,035 youngsters were referred to Kent County Council (KCC)’s care from January 1st to September 23rd 2022.
KCC’s cabinet member for integrated children services, Cllr Sue Chandler (Con), warned the county council has already reached ‘overcapacity‘ as she called for a more ‘even spread‘ of asylum-seeking child transfers among England’s local authorities.
She said: “As of September 23, there have been 1,035 unaccompanied asylum-seeking child referrals in 2022. This is already more than the previous record set in 2015.”
The majority of new arrivals have come from Albania, around 80% of the youngsters, it was revealed during a cabinet meeting at County Hall, Maidstone, last month.
Cllr Chandler added: “We are actively making preparations to accept the additional children into our children and care service.”
The 1,035 arrivals are markedly higher than the last two years, which saw 730 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children enter the county in 2021 and 478 in 2020.
Two months ago, the Home Office announced that England’s councils would be expected to take in more under-age immigrant children, as the percentage threshold rises from 0.07% to 0.1%.