In September 2015 the UK pledged to welcome 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years

East Sussex district and borough councils have agreed to support the resettlement of vulnerable Syrian families who have fled war zones. Many refugees have experienced traumas such as torture, the deaths of loved ones and the loss of everything they own. They have fled in a desperate search for safety, the majority with young children.

Eastbourne, Lewes, Wealden and Rother councils have each agreed to resettle 40 people with Hastings Borough Council pledging to resettle 100 people over the next five years.

Since November working closely with the Government and a range of key partners including health, education and voluntary and community groups the East Sussex Syrian Resettlement Programme has resettled 22 people including grandparents and in January, a further 22 people including extended families will be resettled in East Sussex.

“Hastings Borough Council have pledged to take 100 people over the next five years and considering the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, I believe this is the least we can do” said Cllr Peter Chowney leader of Hastings Borough Council.

He added: “We are working very closely with key partners to ensure that the families are properly supported here in Hastings. I am very confident that Hastings will give the refugees a warm welcome”

East Sussex Community and Faith Action (ESCAFA) for Vulnerable Syrian Families have been working with councils to bring together individuals and community and faith groups across East Sussex who are interested in supporting the families coming into the area.

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