Refugee Action to welcome Syrian refugees to Islington

Last updated December 4, 2015Press release

Today Refugee Action is pleased to share that it will be working with Islington Council to welcome and orientate Syrian refugees to the borough.

The charity will be meeting a small number of Syrian refugees on their arrival in London, and giving them in-depth support as they adjust to life in the UK.

Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, said: “Since the refugee crisis began, Islington has said it’s ready to help welcome those who are fleeing appalling conditions, including war and terrorism.

“We’re now making preparations for the arrival of Syrian families to our borough, and I look forward to welcoming them into our community.

“I’d also like to thank the many people in Islington who have stepped forward to help refugees in different ways, from donating tents and warm clothing to even helping with aid runs to Calais.”

The refugees will be housed in private-rented accommodation.

Cllr Watts added: “We’re extremely grateful to Islington residents who have offered to help house refugees. If any more local landlords want to help and would like to offer a property to a family in need please get in touch with us.”

Stephen Hale, Chief Executive at Refugee Action, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Islington on this programme. Refugee Action was created to support resettled refugees from Vietnam in the 1980s. Today we look forward to welcoming and supporting these refugees as they begin new lives in the UK.”

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