There is presently a humanitarian crisis as many people risk their and their family’s lives fleeing the Syrian war zone. Countries on Europe’s eastern borders are dealing with large numbers of refugees and the British Government has pledged to help.
The Government has said it will take up to 20,000 refugees over the next five years and we will support the Government’s request for councils across the country to play their part.
Details of exactly how the Government scheme will work have yet to be published. Based on Government statements and figures to date, if applied proportionately across the UK, this could see the borough take around 10 Syrian refugees.
What we are doing
Businesses, local charities, community and faith groups are all being urged to come together and show how the borough can help support refugees from the Syrian warzone.
We will now be contacting a range of organisations in the borough to find out how they might be able to help in a variety of ways. We have already been contacted by many borough residents offering their support.
What you can do
Working with a number of aid charities, we will co-ordinate and support a local drop-off point where people can make donations of items that refugees need such as clothing, blankets, books and toys. We will announce the location in the local press and through our social media channels.
We have prepared answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
The Refugee Council is an independent charity that has been working with refugees for the past 45 years. They have produced some factual information for those wishing to understand more about refugees in the UK.