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posted 30 Oct 2016, 02:54 by Leonie Anna Mueck

On October 27th, Cambridge City Council announced that it will double its commitment to taking refugees under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The city will now welcome 100 refugees fleeing persecution and war, up from the council’s 2015 commitment to take a minimum of 50.

By December this year, a total of 40 refugees are expected to have been resettled in Cambridge. These families will receive ongoing support from local volunteers, including the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC), who help to source housing, donations and voluntary support.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council said:

“The City Council supports the target of providing new homes for 100 refugees locally, enabling them to restart their lives in the community, assisted by the amazing contributions of CRRC, other partners and volunteers.

“We said last year that we would receive a ‘minimum’ of 50, before we knew the Government resettlement plans, and we are working towards and beyond that, ensuring focused support as each family arrives.

“We still need more offers of suitable accommodation to increase the number of families we can receive over the next year, including near Cambridge as well as in the city, with Housing Associations now helping too.

“We also offered to help single refugees during last spring’s meetings with the Home Office, and we are committed to pursuing that so the government finally addresses their rights, the rights of teenagers arriving from Calais, and the rights of the hundreds of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and other asylum seekers in the south and east of England.

“We look forward to continuing to work with CRRC and others to achieve these goals.”

Get involved

Naturally, we at CRRC are overjoyed that the council has expanded its commitment, and we look forward to working with all of our partners to welcome more refugees to our city. But we’ll need your help to truly show them the warm welcome they deserve.

CRRC is currently looking for landlords willing to rent to refugees at affordable rates, local volunteers who can bring and coordinate donations, campaign volunteers and friendly people who can help refugee families to improve their English and settle into life in Cambridge. So whether you’re a property owner, PR guru or a social butterfly (or all three), please get in touch!