This summer the refugee and migrant crisis gripped Europe as hundreds of thousands of people left their homes to try to start new lives. It is now December and thousands more are still crossing into the continent every week. A number of countries have put up fences to try to control their borders.
Britain has promised to take 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, and 1000 of them are expected to have arrived by Christmas. In our region Essex, Cambridge and Bedford councils have said they will provide accommodation, but the vast majority have yet to set out what help - if any - they are prepared or able to give.
In South Cambridgeshire Councillor Mark Howell is responsible for council housing. With 1700 local people already on the waiting list he says South Cambridgeshire should not be offering council houses to people from outside. That includes refugees.
Local authorities will have to foot the majority of the bill for resettlement. Many councils are already facing cutbacks and social services are under pressure, and there is concern that housing, education and healthcare could be put under more strain.
The Government has spoken openly about cuts to local budgets and resources, including legal aid. In response the University of Bedfordshire is running a project with law students giving free sessions for those who have been granted asylum, helping them fill out paperwork for their families to join them in the UK. It is led by Dr Silvia Borelli, who says that while the project has been successful it must be a shared responsibility.
Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley.
Some say that in the UK we do have plenty of resources to take in genuine refugees and that in fact the figure of 20,000 Syrians is too small. In Cambridge Camila Iturra - herself a refugee - is leading a campaign to help refugees caught up in the current crisis. She says that dozens of local people have pledged to help by offering English lessons, clothes, friendship, advice and even whole houses to rent.
Campaigners like Camila are keen to stress that when refugees come here the vast majority want to work hard and build new lives, which in the long term will help the local economy and wider society.
Her family managed to escape from Chile to Cambridge 42 years ago to build a new life, after her father was imprisoned when the army overthrew the Government.
Click below to watch a full report about Camilla\s story by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.