Colchester Borough Council to welcome Syrian refugees
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Representatives of Colchester have indicated that five families displaced by the war in Syria will be welcomed into the town.
Colchester Borough Council made the representation to Essex County Council, who are working to establish how many families district authorities are able to support across the county.
The families will be helped to find accommodation in the private sector, drawing on the experience of Colchester’s voluntary sector and faith groups.
Tina Bourne, portfolio holder for housing and public protection, said: “I am proud that Colchester has responded proactively to this issue. I’m extremely pleased to be able to confirm that we’re willing and able to welcome families in their time of need.
“Our town has an extensive history of supporting displaced groups following persecution, so I am glad we are able to offer our assistance.”
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The council has worked with a number of partners to support community and social projects, which have welcomed refugees to the borough.
The voluntary sector has been successful in providing assistance to former Afghan interpreters seeking refuge following persecution by the Taliban for their support of British forces during the Afghan war, and the council’s close military ties also more recently saw the opening of a retired Gurkha veteran housing scheme in the borough.
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Paul Smith, leader of the council, added: “Colchester Borough Council feels strongly that we must do what we can to help in the current crisis.”
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