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Council to make decision on re-settling refugees

Councillors will decide today. Credit: PA

Plans to re-settle 285 refugees in Cumbria will be considered today by the County Council.

The cabinet will be asked to approve proposals to re-settle the refugees, over a period of three years between 2017 and 2020.

Original plans were delayed because of the floods that swept through the county in December 2015.

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Refugee information event planned for Carlisle

Orphaned children in Calais Credit: PA

An event aimed at teaching people about the current refugee crisis is being held in Carlisle on Wednesday 19th October.

Local people, students and businesses will find out about the issues faced by refugees during the information evening taking place at the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street Campus.

It follows news that Cumbria County Council is applying to host a group of Syrian refugees over the next few months.

The former refugee camp in Calais, which was home to more than 10,000 people at one stage, is set to be demolished shortly.

“Since 2014 the UK has resettled less than 2,000 Syrian refugees - a pitifully small proportion compared to the 4.8 million Syrians in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

"Meanwhile Calais Camp contains 1,179 minors including 387 refugee children who have been identified as eligible for protection in the UK, but not one child has been transferred to the UK this year."

– Hazel Royle, Chair, Amnesty Carlisle Group
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