Birmingham welcomes a number of child refugees with family links to the city.

Earlier this week, Birmingham welcomed a number of child refugees with family links to the city.

Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are on standby to support the Home Office in bringing children under the Dublin III regulation, which relates to children who already have family links in the UK. We have welcomed a number of children today with family links in the city.

“We are also signed up and are actively working to support children coming to the UK under the Lord Dubs agreement and have signed up to the National Transfer Scheme.

“Anyone who has seen reports of the desperate situation in Calais – and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and elsewhere – knows we have a moral duty to help refugee children who have suffered immense hardships that no child should go through.

Birmingham, as a City of Sanctuary, has a proud history of sheltering people who are fleeing for their lives and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure those coming here are settled and can start a new life here.”

Birmingham City Council has recently announced support for the community sponsorship of Syrian refugees. http://www.birminghamupdates.com/birmingham-city-council-pledges-to-support-the-community-sponsorship-of-syrian-refugees/

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