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Welcome Refugees Colchester is an umbrella organisation of faith groups, student societies and civic bodies concerned about human rights. Our overall aim is to help refugees settle in our community.

  • To further this aim we plan to give a warm welcome to the five Syrian refugee families who will arrive before Christmas and do what we can to help them integrate into Colchester life. This would be over and above the official help. We wish to give a helping hand as good neighbours.
  • Based on the success of this initial venture, we would hope this would encourage the Borough Council to welcome at least 50 more refugee families.
  • To further this aim would be the need to raise awareness and acceptance within the wider Colchester community, in the form of publicity and events.
  • Such a wide civic grouping will help to expand our efforts in helping asylum seekers abroad.

The Government is committed to welcoming 20,000 Syrian Refugees within the next five years. Each county has been asked to take a share of refugees. The Borough of Colchester in Essex has already successfully welcomed the Afghan interpreters who aided British troops. The existing facilities for resettling refugees are outstanding.

We are delighted to be working with Colchester Borough Council on our project to welcome Syrian Refugees to this area.

Welcome Refugees Colchester hope that Colchester can lead the way in the provision of care for refugees, in keeping with its long and proud history of supporting displaced groups following political and religious persecutions.