Sanctuary for 50 Syrian Refugees

Lead petitioner : Juliette Harkin

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Petition

Concerned Citizens in Norfolk are urging Norfolk County Council to work with the “Sanctuary for 50 campaign”. It has now has been three months since Norfolk County Council met the representatives of Norfolk Sanctuary to discuss the proposed resettlement of 50 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. As time goes by the crisis in Syria is getting worst and those most vulnerable are paying the highest price. We feel we need to act urgently and do what we can to help. Working together with Citizens UK, Norfolk Sanctuary are asking Norfolk County Council to accept a small quota of UN refugees into our local community. In doing this Norfolk County Council will be joining other local authorities around the UK who have already committed to aid in this humanitarian effort.

Background information

The Syrian crisis is the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II. François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for migrants’ rights, called ‘on countries in Europe, and other rich nations, to find homes for one million refugees over five years through an organised and fair quota system.’ Many of the major aid agencies including Oxfam, Save the Children, Cafod, Christian Aid, Muslim Hands and others have challenged the Government about the poor UK response to the UN High Commissioner’s plea for help in resettling vulnerable refugees from Syria. The UK must act in response to this plea. The magnitude of the humanitarian disaster afflicting Syrians is set out in numbers by the UNHCR. To find out more please visit: http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php

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