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Support network being set up to help asylum seekers

Folkestone & Hythe District Council is working with partner agencies to set up a support network for asylum seekers due to be provided with accommodation in the town by the Home Office.

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A multi-agency meeting with representatives from the Home Office took place earlier this week. Work is now underway to ensure that the appropriate facilities are in place for those people who will be coming to Shorncliffe after arriving in the UK seeking asylum.

F&HDC Leader David Monk said: "We understand the plight of many asylum seekers who arrive in this country with only the clothes they are wearing and we want to help.

"A support network has to be set up and it must be one that will work. There are lots of aspects to consider and our initial concern was that some of these aspects had not been addressed with us earlier.

"We have now had a much-needed discussion with Home Office representatives and I am pleased that daily meetings of key staff from the various agencies are taking place to work out the best way of supporting the asylum seekers who are coming to Folkestone.

"It was never a question of this council being against the principle of asylum seekers living in our community. Our concern was that as we had not been consulted we had no way of being able to allay the fears and address the questions raised by our residents."

Date published: 16 September 2020

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