Hounslow on standby to support Afghan refugees

Hounslow Council is finalising plans to ensure it can respond to a Government request that all councils play a part in providing sanctuary to Afghan migrants fleeing from the Taliban. 

Published: Wednesday, 25th August 2021

Leader of the Council, Councillor Steve Curran

The Council has a history of supporting and welcoming refugees and is working to develop a One Hounslow package of support with statutory agencies, charities and voluntary sector organisations that will ensure the right support and resettlement for vulnerable families and individuals.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: 

“We are all appalled and saddened by the awful situation in Afghanistan. Our thoughts are with those trying to escape persecution and those in our communities who have friends and family there. We recognise the situation is at the front of many people’s minds and will affect residents in different ways. 

“Our plans are in place so that, as a borough, Hounslow is ready to do what it can to help these refugees. It is vital that we approach this in the One Hounslow spirit, working across partnerships, and especially with Private Sector housing providers, so we can provide the welcome these refugees, who have worked at great risk to support our Government and armed forces, deserve, without putting pressure on resources we already have in place for existing residents. 

"As a borough which celebrates and welcomes diversity, we have a proud history providing sanctuary to those fleeing violence and terror, supporting their settlement in the UK and helping integrate them into our communities.

“Already, alongside the Council’s own preparations, we’ve had residents come forward asking how they can help, which is truly inspiring and testament to the generous spirit of this borough. We will make things clear what more we will do and how residents can help when we fully understand the details of any Government request.

“The Government also needs to play its part by adequately resourcing the new settlement scheme and financially support councils who want to do everything possible to welcome refugees."

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