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Minister says Catholics lead way on solving refugee crisis

The Home Office has commended the Catholic response to the refugee crisis as the UK observes Refugee Week.

Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Immigration, highlighted the response from the Catholic community to the Home Office’s invitation for civil society to aid the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

“I am delighted that we have been able to partner with the Catholic Church so effectively on the Community Sponsorship scheme,” he said.

“The scheme empowers community groups to take on the challenging but rewarding role of welcoming and supporting a vulnerable refugee family in the UK.

“I wholeheartedly encourage community groups from across the country who feel they can offer support to apply.”

Refugee Week runs from Monday, 19th to Sunday 25th June.

Since the launch of the Home Office’s Community Sponsorship scheme in July 2016, Catholic parishes in all areas of the country have begun the application process to host a Syrian family and provide wrap-around support for two years. The first community group to take part was a Catholic parish in Flixton, Greater
Manchester.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social action agency of the Church, is working to support interested groups and last month appointed a national coordinator, Sean Ryan, the first such position in the UK.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Community Sponsorship scheme, please contact Caritas via faith.anderson@csan.org.uk.