0 Post a comment Monday, 17 September 2018 - Politics An MHK has called on the Council of Ministers to reconsider its stance on offering Syrian refugees a home on the Island. In 2017 the Chief Minister turned down a request by four local charities, who were backed by a thousand-signature petition, to accept 25 displaced Syrians on to Manx soil.Instead, Howard Quayle announced a donation was made of just under a million pounds to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).At the time Mr Quayle argued housing the refugees here wouldn’t be possible with the level of support and specialist assistance needed to help them.Since its commitment in 2014 to resettle Syrian asylum seekers, the UK government has found homes for 11,000 refugees, and plans to meet its 20,000 target by 2020.The scheme is focused on re-settling ’vulnerable persions’, which includes the survivors of torture, those with medical needs, children etc.Within the project, Northern Ireland has found homes for 1,096 … [Read more...] about Why can’t we take more Syrian refugees?
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A leading author has visited Cramlington students to speak about her new book’s link to war-torn Syria. Cathy Cassidy visited Year 7 and 8 students from Cramlington Learning Village to promote Sami’s Silver Lining.Pupils from Hareside and Shanklea primary schools were also invited to meet the writer during her third visit to the school.Librarian Eileen Armstrong said: “We think it’s really important for students who will soon be joining the school to have the opportunity to listen to authors talk about their work and the importance of reading.”The book tells the story of a family that escapes Syria and heads to England. On the way tragedy strikes and Sami has to lead a group of children to safety.Cathy said: “I wanted my readers to know why somebody like Sami was making that journey. It’s nothing you would undertake for fun”.The author has visited a number of schools to appeal to pupils and staff to support charities helping Syrian … [Read more...] about Novel way to help Syrian refugees
A family of Syrian refugees could be calling Penarth their new home as early as next month. Volunteer group Croeso Penarth has said a family who have fled from the war-torn country has been selected to move to the town. The Home Office is now making arrangements for the family to travel to Penarth from a refugee camp in Lebanon, where they have suffered "truly awful conditions for years," the group has said. Croeso Penarth says it hopes the family will arrive in September. Amy Da Silva, from Croeso Penarth, said: "We've known all along this is what we're aiming for, so the reality that the family are now going to be making their way to us soon is so exciting. It's what everyone has been working towards. "It's very easy to look at the situation (in Syria) and think it's a problem that can't be solved because it's so huge. But this is something which gives people in our community the opportunity to feel like they are making a difference." Croeso Penarth says it is preparing the house for … [Read more...] about Family of Syrian refugees could be resettled in Penarth in September
A teenager has admitted the racially-aggravated attempted murder of a Syrian refugee in Edinburgh. Shabaz Ali was stabbed in an argument with Sean Gorman at a hostel in Upper Gilmore Place in the early hours of Thursday May 3. Ali, 25, had fled to Scotland five years ago with his family and was working as a barber and staying in the hostel as he looked for a new home. Police Scotland said Gorman, 18, had been visiting the hostel and that Ali called at his room due to loud noise. Gorman made threats and racially abused the victim before stabbing him and leaving the property. He was traced a short time later in Duff Street and arrested, with a lock knife recovered. The 18-year-old pled guilty to racially-aggravated attempted murder as well as causing racially aggravated alarm to another woman within the hostel at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, Police Scotland said. The charity Positive Action in Housing have supported the Ali family and released pictures of Shabaz in critical … [Read more...] about Teen admits racially-aggravated stabbing of Syrian refugee in Edinburgh hostel
Louth Churches for Refugees welcomed around 100 people to their community sponsorship launch last month, in a bid to welcome a vulnerable Syrian family to resettle and integrate in the Louth area. The event was held at Louth Methodist Church on June 19, supported by national guest speakers such as Dr Russell Rook and Pastor Stuart Keir, and regional organisations including the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project and the Greater Lincolnshire Area of Sanctuary.Those in attendance were asked to support, practically and financially, a vision to welcome a vulnerable Syrian family, currently living in a UNHCR camp in the Middle East, to resettle and integrate in the Louth area. This would be achieved through ‘Community Sponsorship’, which was launched by the Home Office in 2016 in response to the government’s commitment to welcome 20,000 Syrian refugees to the United Kingdom.The scheme enables community groups such as charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to … [Read more...] about Churches unite in a bid to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Louth