It has become increasingly clear that children, many of them unaccompanied, are in the forefront of the crisis. In 2015 88,245 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in the EU; in May 2016 alone, 3,133 lone children arrived in Italy - UK government.
The proposed measures seek to improve living and reception conditions and accommodation issues. The plan also addresses the needs of vulnerable individuals, such as the rapidly growing group of women and children.
For years, British humanitarian NGOs have criticized counter-terrorism laws for undermining their aid operations, and British Muslim NGOs have argued that they have been disproportionately affected by such laws.