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Homes found in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire for refugees from Afghanistan

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to offer homes and support to refugees from Afghanistan.

Members of the UK Armed Forces taking part in the evacuation of entitled personnel from Kabul airport in Afghanistan (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/PA) (51021926)
Members of the UK Armed Forces taking part in the evacuation of entitled personnel from Kabul airport in Afghanistan (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/PA) (51021926)

The councils have been working together to find suitable properties and to plan the support that the refugees will need when they arrive.

The joint effort supports the national scheme to resettle 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan after British and US forces withdrew from the country.

Both councils have three available homes each that are suitable for refugee families - and are working with housing associations in their areas to investigate whether more suitable properties are available.

The joint approach builds on the work the two councils have done together in recent years to resettle refugees fleeing other war-torn countries including Syria, Iraq and Sudan.

The city council’s experienced staff team will support refugee families to establish new lives.

Cllr Alex Collis, Cambridge city’s executive councillor for open spaces, sustainable food and community wellbeing, said: “We are working at pace with our partners to find homes for refugees to help them start a new life in our area and it’s really important that the properties are suitable for their needs.

“We are also acutely aware of the support these families will need when they arrive and our team, which has developed so much experience in resettling Syrian refugees in recent years, will be on hand to help the families.”

Cllr John Batchelor, lead cabinet member for housing at the district council, said: “We are pleased to support the Government-backed Afghanistan refugee scheme by providing three homes for refugee families. By working with Cambridge City Council to provide additional wraparound support we are building on an already strong and successful partnership and means families will get the best possible start to their new lives in the UK.

“We are clear that there is a moral and human need to continue to offer support to refugees who are forced to flee from their homes. Our partnership means that together we can offer refugee families safe and comfortable homes to build a base for their new lives, but also practical support to adjust to life in the UK, with assistance to access to everything from GPs and welfare, to skills training and school places for children.”

The councils’ work relates to the national resettlement put in place by the government to provide 12 months of support to people who were locally employed by the UK government in Afghanistan.

The city council is also working closely with East Cambridgeshire District Council in a joint approach to homes and support in East Cambridgeshire.

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