Lib Dem-led Council is working around the clock to support Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme and give refugees the sanctuary they need.
Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities said:
“York has a proud record of providing sanctuary to those in need. Our city has given a new home to 81 refugees under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme for refugees of the conflict in Syria, and we know local people will welcome those escaping the Taliban now too.
“Since the announcement that NATO military forces would withdraw from Afghanistan, the Council started work alongside the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and MHCLG to support the national effort with regard to the Locally Employed Staff (LES) scheme, which is part of the wider Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP). We stand ready and willing to support the recently announced Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) in any way we can.
“Council staff are working around the clock so that we are ready to give refugees the sanctuary they need. Alongside local authorities in the region, we are working closely with Government and Migration Yorkshire who will allocate councils a proportion of refugee families. Once we know the families’ specific needs, alongside our local key partners, we will work to provide the all the necessary support as we have always done with previous refugees.
“The Council has already been receiving many heart-warming offers of support – these are greatly appreciated. We will be communicating with residents and businesses in coming days to provide information on how best they can help our effort locally. Housing is of course a priority. If you are a landlord or have accommodation please do come forward by emailing [email protected].
"It's now or never to save innocent people from the terror of the Taliban. Work is underway to ensure York does its bit in this international effort.”