On Monday 14th November, more than 150 MK citizens packed into the Guildhall at the city centre church to formally welcome five Syrian refugee families who have arrived in MK this year.
Following a negotiation immediately before with the leaders of three main political parties at MK Council offices, Council Leader Peter Marland said: “The Council is committed to increasing the number of refugee families welcomed to 50 if the Refugees Welcome campaign group will continue to help us find new private accommodation. The more you can help, the more we will take. MK will never turn its back on refugees.”
Campaign leader David Wolfson thanked MK Council for taking a lead on welcoming refugees: “Again and again we are hearing from around the country that we are doing this well in MK…but there is more to do.”
One member of the campaign group, Marie Gracie, said: “Council officer Jeremy Beake has been a star, supporting refugees in so many ways. We’re very committed to helping him develop relationships with local landlords.”
One of the refugees, Assad, spoke through a translator of his thanks for all MK Council and the British Red Cross have done to welcome his family. “I feel lucky to have been born again twice…first when I found my children alive in the rubble, and again when we arrived in MK.”
“MK is my new country,” said another.
(Reposted from CitizensMK website)