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To think only 3 of the 15 migrant children look under 18

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AmyMiller Mon 17-Oct-16 19:15:58

This is so ridiculous, many of them look around 25.

quicklydecides Mon 17-Oct-16 19:16:45

I agree with you.

Polkadot1974 Mon 17-Oct-16 19:16:53

I dare say our children might look a bit older if in a camp for any length of time

AmyMiller Mon 17-Oct-16 19:17:01

YouHadMeAtCake Mon 17-Oct-16 19:18:16

I also agree. I think they are much older. It has happened before and age has later been proven to be far older.

AmyMiller Mon 17-Oct-16 19:18:45

No I accept that, but some of the physics are like 25 year olds. Obviously it's you get children that look older but not all of them will look like that. Some of them even look like they have been on the weights.

Sugarcoma Mon 17-Oct-16 19:19:11


Creampastry Mon 17-Oct-16 19:19:37

14-17 .... ha ha ha.... yeah my arse!

exLtEveDallas Mon 17-Oct-16 19:20:09

It's possible that they are older of course, but every day on my way to work I pass two boys in High school uniform that puts them in Year 10 (different ties) - and they both have beards.

Plus DDs 14 year old friend (I know his mum) is a towering 6 footer with muscles on his muscles!

So it's not always that easy to tell.

Vixxfacee Mon 17-Oct-16 19:20:22

Someone wrote a thread the other day about grown men in her child's school.
Those 'children' look older than me. Yanbu

Where are all the teenage girls hmm

lizzieoak Mon 17-Oct-16 19:22:25

I'm bearing in mind that the photos are from the Mail, so perhaps most of them actually are teens and the Mail took photos of the few who are clearly older.

My DS is mid-teens, one of the tallest in his year, has to shave. Still doesn't look remotely as old as these migrants - and he looks older than his classmates.

But again, it is the Mail, so hopefully most of them are young and not all males.

FlapsTie Mon 17-Oct-16 19:22:35

About half of my ds's peers look like adult men. He's 14, in year nine.

kissmethere Mon 17-Oct-16 19:23:16

When I heard these children were coming on the radio I have to admit my mental image was not what I've now seen online. I find it a bit scarey actually that they look way older than they're supposed to be. Like WAY older!

Waffles80 Mon 17-Oct-16 19:23:30


I sometimes do a double take when I see our year 10s and 11s outside of school, in their own clothes. They often look way older than they are.

Not many teenager girls in the Calais camp.

I also think we've offered pitifully few spaces and should be ashamed of ourselves.

gunting Mon 17-Oct-16 19:23:30

Where did all the fail reading MNers suddenly come from? confused

Musicinthe00ssucks Mon 17-Oct-16 19:23:55

Genuine question; why are older male teenagers (if they are teenagers) being given priority over young children (10 and under) and vulnerable women?

ItsJustPaint Mon 17-Oct-16 19:24:31

I think they could all be easily under 18. Well, the one in the green hoody is possibly the only exception...

Do you know any Asian teenagers to compare with ? I do, and I think they look 16 or 17

Waffles80 Mon 17-Oct-16 19:25:24

Cross post Grunting.

Hateful! Can't they entertain themselves on the Fail's comments pages? They'll be right at home there, with all the other bigots.

almondpudding Mon 17-Oct-16 19:25:36

My DS's peers don't look like adult men. They look like teenage boys.

GreatFuckability Mon 17-Oct-16 19:27:20

They don't look any older than some of the teenagers in my DD's school. having facial hair when you are of middle eastern descent is not at all uncommon in 14-17 year olds. My nephew is 15 and 6ft4 with a beard. My son is 11, but could easily pass for 15 because hes tall and developed for his age.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Mon 17-Oct-16 19:27:51

My DS's peers don't look like adult men. They look like teenage boys

As do my DSS and friends.

superking Mon 17-Oct-16 19:28:17

I used to work with asylum seekers and I'm afraid that adults pretending to be children is rife. Mainly because a child has far more rights under our asylum policy. It is a very difficult situation to deal with because whilst most of us would wish to give the benefit of the doubt in borderline cases, you then have child protection issues when men in their twenties are housed alongside genuine children.

HermioneWeasley Mon 17-Oct-16 19:28:36

I think Sweden had issues with young men claiming to be minors who were actually found to be much older.

I've heard there are children under 10 in Calais - why aren't they being prioritised? Or girls, who are inherently more vulnerable? Why do there seem to be disproportionate numbers of young men (with all the attendant issues)?

justgivemeamo Mon 17-Oct-16 19:29:35

when I heard the news this morning I must admit my heart felt lighter - wonderful - we are going to take in the young vulnerable children so I was surprised when I saw the new paper article yes.

perhaps the really young ones have been taken in without papers in tow?

AmyMiller Mon 17-Oct-16 19:30:17

Why would you assume I have never seen an Asian teenager hmm. My neighbours son, my friends son. It doesn't make a difference if your build is that of an adult man.

Also how does making an observation make someone a bigot. I actually do think we should help the children. For example that first boy with his brother. However 10 without a doubt are adults.

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