London,
04
September
2015
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13:18
Europe/London

Statement from Camden - refugees

Councillor Sarah Hayward Leader of Camden Council said:

Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council
“A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Europe not seen since the Second World War.  As Britain offered sanctuary to children and families in the 1930s, it is clear that the country must act again now. 

“Camden has a long and proud history of helping refugees so we now want to step up where national leaders have failed. We are making a commitment to resettle up to 20 families in our borough and help them rebuild their lives. If every local authority took 20 families then 20,000 could be given sanctuary to help them with the unimaginable suffering they are facing.

“We are going to work with Citizens UK, the Refugee Council and local organisations to offer what help we can to families who are finding themselves in this desperate situation. 

“This is not a political issue; it is a humanitarian one that needs support from all parties.  We are keen to engage as many individuals and groups as we can and are leading the call for other councils to take similar action to Camden if they are able to.”
Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council