‘Enthusiasm’ for Syrian refugees in MK

Refugees Welcome campaign group meeting
Refugees Welcome campaign group meeting

A group campaigning to welcome refugees into Milton Keynes has celebrated news that at least 80 Syrians will move into the city.

It follows a robust campaign by Refugees Welcome, which called on estate agents and landlords to let their properties to Syrian refugees at an “affordable rate”.

Refugees Welcome campaign group meeting

Refugees Welcome campaign group meeting

On Wednesday, campaigners held a public meeting where it was announced that the council has pledged to welcome and resettle at least 80 refugees.

Today, the group boasted of an impressive turnout to the event, which they say showed Milton Keynes “at its best”.

Carmel Schmid, chairman of Refugees Welcome, said: “For me the meeting felt like an overwhelming wave of enthusiasm.

“It was as if everyone saw the possibilities and launched into action, and frankly that has not stopped.

“What is being achieved now is tremendous. A big thank you to all who participated and offered service for our directory.”

Refugees Welcome are asking people to get in touch if they want to join the campaign.

Email refugees@citizensmk.org.uk to register interest in providing accommodation for refugees, and for advice on such matters, contact Positive Action in Housing.