Wakefield Council gets ready to welcome Syrian refugees

Date: 16/12/2015
Ref: PR 6139

Wakefield Council is among councils across Yorkshire and the Humber preparing the welcome Syrian refugees over the next four years.

Migration Yorkshire has announced plans for supporting refugees coming into the region.

All 21 councils have agreed to accept refugees as part of national plans to house 20,000 people from Syria. The Government will meet the cost of housing and supporting the refugees.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Chair of Migration Yorkshire, said:

"We are deeply concerned about the dreadful plight of Syrian refugees which we are still seeing regularly on TV and whose situation only gets worse as we move into the winter months.

"I am pleased that Migration Yorkshire is co-ordinating the number of refugees coming to our region and look forward to welcoming around a hundred refugees to the district over the next three years.

"The Council will be working with Migration Yorkshire and a report will be presented to senior councillors in the Council's Cabinet the New Year so they can approve plans to support refugees to start new lives here in the district."