Community leaders in Suffolk discuss county’s role in supporting Syrian refugees

Refugees from Syria arrive at the train station  in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees arrived in Dortmund by trains. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) PPP-150809-134540001

Refugees from Syria arrive at the train station in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees arrived in Dortmund by trains. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) PPP-150809-134540001

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Community leaders in Suffolk are to set up a working group to ensure the county is ‘ready to accept its fair share’ of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Suffolk’s public sector leaders at a meeting on Friday discussed the county’s role in helping to support the refugees who are due to be located to the UK.

The Government has pledged to resettle 20,000 refugees fleeing war-torn Syria over the next five years.

At the meeting, Suffolk leaders agreed to work together to look at housing, health, education, policing, support services and the involvement of the voluntary sector ‘so the county is ready to accept its fair share of refugees’.

A public sector working group has been set up to co-ordinate the work.

Cllr Jennie Jenkins, chairman of Suffolk Public Sector Leaders, said: “It is important that we all make a positive contribution to respond to the needs of the vulnerable Syrian refugees who are being resettled in the UK.

“We will put provision in place to meet the needs of those who come to Suffolk in the coming months.

“We appreciate all the offers of support that the public have already made and encourage anyone who would like to know how they can make a contribution at this stage to make contact with the organisations coordinating the UK response, who will know how to best co-ordinate their kind offer.

“Once plans for Suffolk have been developed a way for people make contributions locally will be established.”

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