The global refugee crisis is the largest in generations. Millions of people need our help and we need to do more. The country stands ready and willing but we need our political leaders to act to make change happen.
Your local area
A powerful network of local #RefugeesWelcome groups are popping up all across the UK.
In some towns and cities local groups have been working to protect people for years, in some we’re just getting things started. These same groups can welcome people when they are resettled to your area, though programme times may vary.
If you want to build a local campaign group, or are already coordinating one and want connect with a national network of #RefugeesWelcome Groups please email George.Gabriel@citizensuk.org
We can channel people who signed up nationally to your local efforts and have set up weekly phone conferences at 7pm on a Monday. Local coordinators can sign up here.
Check out our Training and Local Groups page to find a group near you, and be the first to hear about local actions and trainings. Group priorities so far include:
- Getting specific commitments from councils to resettle people locally – ideally at least 50 a year as if every council did this we could resettle well over 10,000 a year across the country. See here for a template council motion
- Getting local MPs to ensure the resettlement of 50,000 people over the next 5 years by asking them to sign the MP Commitment form.
- Persuade your local stakeholders to back resettlement in your area. One possible target are universities who can make bursaries available for asylum seekers and resettled refugees. The University of East London just created 10 spaces worth over £120,000 to help young people to rebuild their lives. You can use the Community Welcome Plan (available in our Resources section) to map out your plan of action. Also check out Article 26 for more education resources.
Councils on board
These Councils have either resettled Syrian refugees already or have made firm commitments to do so.
|Argyll and Bute||Kensington and Chelsea||Belfast||Gwent||Rhonda|
|Calderdale||Liverpool||Caerphjily||Isle of Anglesey||South Lanarkshire|
|Camden||North Lanarkshire||Ceredigion||Merthyr Tydfil||Torfaen|
|Cardiff||Newcastle||Clackmannanshire||Mid Lothian||Vale of Glamorgan|
|Dover||Newport and Swansea||Conway||Moray||West Lothian|
|E Ayrshire||Oxford||Coventry||Na h-Eileanan Sia||Wrexham|
|E Sussex||Pendle||Denbigshire||Neath and Port Talbot|
|Epping Forest||Southampton||Dumfries and Galloway||North Ayrshire|
|Hartlepool||Wakefield||East Lothian||Perth and Kinross|
|Hastings||Waltham Forest||East Renfrewshire||Powys|