Come along to town centre talking shop to find out how Stevenage plans to welcome Syrian refugees

St Albans district council has comitted to settling ten refugees a year over the next five years

St Albans district council has comitted to settling ten refugees a year over the next five years - Credit: Archant

Organisations in Stevenage which are planning for the arrival of Syrian refugees in the town are holding an open meeting on Saturday to spread the word about what’s in store.

Up to 20 people in family groups will be coming to the town next year as part of a national resettlement programme funded by the government.

Saturday’s session is being hosted by Stevenage Borough Council at its Daneshill House HQ in the town centre, from 10am to 12 noon.

Anyone who wants to know more, or wants to find out how they can help, will be welcome.

Council leader Councillor Sharon Taylor said: “Stevenage has a proud history of housing people in needand extending an invitation to Syrian people means we are continuing this tradition.


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“Along with our partners, we have carefully considered the level of support we can offer and, like other authorities up and down the country, we are working closely with the Home Office and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to provide whatever help is necessary.

“We have all been shocked and distressed by the reports of people forced out of their homes because of the ongoing conflict in Syria and it’s natural to want to help. By working with the government, we can be sure that our support is going where there is genuine need and that rigorous checks will have taken place.

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“People in Stevenage have already been generous in their offers of support and encouragement and I’m sure this will continue over coming months as the resettlement programme gathers pace.

“I would encourage you all to take the time to come along on Saturday to learn more about what’s planned, find out where further help is needed and assuage any concerns you might have.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the public meeting, it is free and there is no need to book.

It takes place in the council chamber at Daneshill House. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet representatives from some of the agencies providing support, and to ask questions. If you are interested in this issue but are not able to attend on Saturday, regular updates on the council’s website at www.stevenage.gov.uk.

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