SIXTEEN SYRIANS in a total of four families have now been settled in Hackney by the council.
The first family arrived in the borough almost a year ago, under the scheme announced in September 2015 by the regime of David Cameron (whom you may just remember) to resettle “up to” 20,000 Syrians in the UK over the following five years.
The first three families to arrive have, Loving Dalston has exclusively learnt, settled in well. The adults are attending English classes, as are the children at school.
The fourth family, which arrived this month June 2017, is starting the programme of support and orientation that the others received. A fifth family is to be brought to Hackney at the end of the month.
Rebecca Rennison, Hackney’s homelessness councillor, commented: “Hackney is proud of its history as a place of sanctuary for refugees. Hackney’s strength is in its diversity.”
How does the council’s action to help Syrians stand up elsewhere? Figures are hard to obtain but Lambeth council, for example, has arranged accommodation for nine families and aims to accommodate up to 23 families altogether.
The figures emerge at an apt time: Refugee Week starts on Monday 19 June 2017. The sub-title talks about “celebrating” our “shared future” with refugees, a cheery sentiment that is perhaps a little premature when some councils are sharing very little.
Still, no news outlet has been pressing Hackney council more than Loving Dalston, so whatever the wording, the intention sits well with this site. Press the following link for activities around the country. And here are some Hackney-and-around events:
After the film, director Anton Yavorsky and a panel of “experts” (their word, not mine) will answer questions from the audience: Institute of Light, 376 Helmsley Place, London Fields E8 3SB, Thurs 22 June 2017, 8.30pm; reserve free tickets here. Trailer
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* Singing Our Lives. Music and dance inspired by refugee and migrant stories. At Milton Court concert hall, Silk Street, Barbican EC2Y 9BH, Sun 2 July (sic) 2017, 6pm. Reserve free tickets via email@example.com
Further afield (not part of Refugee Week)
* The Lost Men of Syria, photographs by journalist Edward Jonkler, Education Room, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Kings Road SW3 4RY, Wed 19 July-Wed 9 Aug 2017, 10am-6pm daily, free.
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