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We want more Syrian refugees: council offers exceed official UK pledge of 20,000
by Kate Lyons

The Guardian    Translate This Article
9 March 2017

On 9 March 2017 The Guardian reported: [The UK government] is under pressure to increase the number of Syrian refugees offered asylum in Britain as local authorities say they can take in more than the government's offer of 20,000 spaces. Local councils have pledged enough homes to accommodate almost 22,000 Syrian refugees, according to a comprehensive tally by The Guardian news organization. The government originally committed to providing places for 20,000 Syrians in September 2015, at the height of the European migration crisis. Councils have been overwhelmed by community support for the scheme to resettle Syrian refugees, with many local authorities increasing their pledges after campaigns from local charities and citizens' groups. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

This grassroots activism suggests British communities may be more enthusiastic about hosting refugees than central government believes. . . . local district and borough councils have pledged homes for approximately 21,650 Syrian refugees, with many councils saying they will make more properties available as the need arises.

Roughly two-thirds of local authorities have said they will give homes to Syrian refugees . . . . more than 6,000 Syrian refugees have been settled in the UK so far. Roughly 1,300 of them are in Scotland.

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