Wakefield offers support to Syria's refugees

PR5048

7 September 2015

​The Leader of Wakefield Council has confirmed that Wakefield Council will continue its long- standing commitment to offer refuge to families fleeing conflict and persecution and has given his support, in principle, to the call from Yvette Cooper MP for the country’s cities to take 10 refugee families.

The humanitarian crisis across Europe is on a scale not seen on this continent since World War II and is continuing to escalate as a result of the on-going conflict in Syria.

Speaking today Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “The suffering of these families as they are forced by horrific conflict to flee their homes and lives in Syria is unimaginable.

“We have a strong legacy here in Wakefield of offering a safe haven to those in desperate circumstances and I can assure people that we will not falter when we are needed the most. I am proud that Wakefield, the city and the district, will always stand up and be counted when people need help.

“I am calling on the Government to ensure they step up and play their part to ensure this country continues the tradition of offering sanctuary. I will also be seeking assurance that they will provide support and funding for local councils to help us open our communities to the refugees.”

People can find out more about how they can help refugees at www.wow247.co.uk/2015/09/03/refugee-crisis-europe/