I miss my family: The older Germans taking in Syrian Refugees

Guardian_Image.jpgSyrian refugee Jawad Shalghin, left, who is living with 63-year-old Angelika Bauer, pictured with Syrian journalist Hussam Al Zawar. Photograph: Oliver Hardt/Getty Images

Below is an excerpt from the Guardian article '"I miss my family. Angelika's like an aunt.' The older Germans taking in Syrian refugees" published on 15th November 2017.

...In the UK far fewer Syrians have been accepted as refugees since 2015. In addition to conventional asylum applications – 9,944 of which were accepted last year (the majority from Iran, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan) – the government has resettled 8,535 Syrian refugees referred directly by the UN High Commission for Refugees to the Home Office which performs eligibility, medical and security checks and then refers them on to local authorities. It has promised to welcome 20,000 Syrian refugees in this way by 2020. Supplementing this resettlement programme is a Canadian-style community sponsorship scheme, which is designed to help the public offer support to refugees through volunteering.

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ABIDE Welcomes Sponsored Syrian Family


At the end of September, Ottery St Mary welcomed a family of Syrian refugees into its midst. The family of four, who were forced to flee the violence in Syria, arrived in the UK from Jordan, where they have been living in temporary accommodation. ABIDE, a project being overseen by Ottery St Mary Parish Church, is responsible for supporting the family as they settle in to life in the Devon town. After more than a year of hard work and fund-raising, ABIDE was approved by the Home Office to accept the family through the Government’s new community sponsorship scheme for refugees. It is the first group in Devon to welcome a family under the scheme and one of only a handful that currently exists in the UK.

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Narberth wins top human rights award for welcoming refugees


Image shows Christine Jackson and Jill Simpson of Croseo Narberth. Image Credit: Western Telegraph

A top human rights award has been won by the people of Narberth in recognition of the town's efforts to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees.

Croeso Arberth - meaning Narberth Welcome - was honoured at Liberty Human Rights award ceremony in London.

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Who is my neighbour?

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St Monica's parish church in Flixton, Greater Manchester, who have been sponsoring a Syrian refugee family for almost a year, were featured on BBC Radio 2's programme Who is My Neighbour?

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Appeal for landlords and Arabic speakers who could help welcome Syrian refugees to Hackney


Refugees from the Syrian conflict may soon be resettled in Hackney with the launch of a foundation set up by a network of community groups in east London.

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Boost to government’s flagship plan to resettle refugees as more communities step up to sponsor refugees


More refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict will be resettled in the UK over the coming years with the launch of Sponsor Refugees, a foundation set up by Citizens UK to boost the community sponsorship of refugees.

Sponsor Refugees will advise and support faith and community groups who take on the responsibility of raising funds, finding a home and then welcoming and settling refugee families in their neighbourhoods. 

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Succah in London mosque as faiths join forces on refugees project


Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Danny Rich, helped to build a succah inside East London Mosque on Monday at an event to launch a foundation supporting Syrian refugees.

Sponsor Refugees has been set up by Citizens UK to help resettle more people in the UK in coming years.

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Welsh market town among courageous voices up for Liberty's Human Rights Awards


Liberty has today announced the shortlist for its 2017 Human Rights Awards – with an undercover journalist, encryption pioneers, Girlguiding members and the people of the Welsh town of Narberth among those nominated by the public.

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Syrian refugees to get ‘community sponsors’ to settle in east London


Refugees from the Syrian conflict may soon be resettled across east London with the launch of a foundation set up this-evening by the Whitechapel-based Citizens UK network of community groups.

The new Sponsor Refugees foundation will advise and support groups taking on the responsibility of raising funds, finding a home and settling refugee families in their neighbourhoods.

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Wanted: One Syrian family to join a thriving Redbridge community


As millions of Syrian people flee their homes and seek refuge, a group of churches and mosques is looking to welcome a family to Redbridge.

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