Leicester City Council has announced that it will become part of the UK Government’s ‘Warm Welcome’ campaign and receive people forced to flee from Afghanistan in light of the political upheaval in that country.

In a statement made on the 1st September, Sir Peter Soulsby, the City Mayor said the city council’s housing, education, social care and public health teams are already beginning to help families who have arrived in Leicester fleeing the Taliban, and he expects the full support of Government to provide the resources needed.

“Leicester has a long and proud history of welcoming people to our city,” Sir Peter said. “We will provide refuge for those who are fleeing conflict and oppression, and we pledge to provide support for Afghan refugees in light of the desperate circumstances in their own country.

“We will work closely with the local Afghan community and charities to extend a welcome to these refugees who want to make Leicester their home.

Afro Innovation Group Projects Director, Evariste Tschindio said “AIG is in a position to assist those who need support and we look forward to working with Leicester City Council to help people settle and flourish in Leicester.”  

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