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Norfolk County Council votes to accept Syrian refugees

Monday 25 July 2016
Members of Norfolk County Council have today (Monday 25 July) voted overwhelmingly to accept 50 vulnerable Syrian refugees into the county.

A full meeting of the council voted 64 votes to six with one abstention to take part in the government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme which will see refugees settled in the Norwich area.

The scheme is part of the five year government initiative to accept up to 20,000 Syrian refugees nationally from camps in Syria. Survivors of torture and violence, women and children at risk and those in medical need are given priority.

Bishop Graham said:

"I am glad to learn that Norfolk will welcome some Syrian refugees.  Those who have known persecution and been displaced from their homes and countries have found a haven in Norfolk in past times.  It is good that this tradition continues.  I am sure many local people will do what they can to support the Syrian families when they arrive."

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