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The Home Office has ruled out mandatory dental checks for child migrants arriving from the Calais "Jungle" after the idea was raised by a Conservative MP.

Around 20 minors unaccompanied at the camp have been allowed to join families in Britain, but an association called "France Terre d'Asile" (France Land of Asylum) said there were at least 1,300 unaccompanied minors still there.

However, Mr Davies defended his stance today, insisting the authorities must not be "naive" about the issue of adults trying to get into the UK.

Mr Davies, who visited Calais a year ago, said: "Obviously there are lots of desperate people in Calais".

A BDA spokesman said it was "vigorously opposed" to the use of dental X-rays to try to determine the age of asylum seekers.

"We do not use dental X-rays to confirm the ages of those seeking asylum in the UK". Of those, 65 per cent were found to be adults.

They're drawn from among 387 unaccompanied child refugees in the camp who have a demonstrable legal right to be reunited with their families in the United Kingdom, who in turn make up a tiny fraction of the 90,000 unaccompanied and vulnerable child migrants now in Europe.

Vanessa Cowan, the British Red Cross's refugee family reunion operations manager, said it was a shame that the comments had been made because the children have been "recognised as having the right to be brought here".

Mr Davies said he did not believe the procedure would be "intrusive", despite calls from the British Dental Association that a dental radiograph would be "inappropriate and unethical". We should do the tests.

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Speaking about the situation, Mr Davies said that some of those pictured have clear lines around the eyes and when people are willing to risk their lives by jumping onto lorries, it follows that they would be willing to lie about their ages to get to the UK.

Some in Britain are concerned about the actual ages of these alleged refugee children entering the country.

Diane Abbott, Opposition Labour's shadow home secretary, said it was "an outrageous demand, which would further violate the human rights of vulnerable refugees".

"When people see the individual faces of children they think 'Well, we can't say no'".

French President Francois Hollande has closed the Calais refugee camp, commonly known as the "Jungle" camp, due to increasing pressure from locals.

A handful of unaccompanied child refugees with family links to Birmingham have arrived in the city during the last 24 hours.

He told Sky some of them didn't look young: "There have been a few, two or three, that have looked older than 16 or 17".

"This is time critical due to the need to bring the children here prior to the camp being dismantled, and could be from as early as Monday".

French authorities plan to close the so-called "Jungle" refugee camp, situated near the port of Calais, by the end of the year.

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