Hull’s decade of offering refugees safe havens

Published: Friday 11th March 2016 by The News Editor

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It has been 10 years since Hull first started offering safe havens for refugees.

The city became one of Britain’s first places to offer resettlement under the Gateway Protection Programme from the United Nations.

Hull welcomes around 90 refugees under the plan each year. The anniversary comes as Britain prepares to welcome 20,000 displaced Syrians by 2020.

One of Hull’s first refugees was Severine, who fled Congo during the end of the 90s after family and friends were killed in fighting. She resettled in Hull 10 years ago after six years in Zambian refugee camps.

Severine is now a Hull-based ESOL teacher. Her tailor husband has began his own company.

She said: “Life wasn’t easy in Zambia. We were given a tent to live in but there wasn’t enough food and I had a small baby. But we survived.

“It was a very long way to the UK and life was very different. We’d been living in a tent, but here we were able to move into a house. We were the lucky ones.

“We’ve come a long way and it has all been worthwhile because we have made a life out of something so little.”

Rosie Nicola, a Hull city councillor with responsibilities for equality, said: “Our city has a long history of giving sanctuary to those seeking refuge and I’m really proud that as a city, we have continued to show our support for people from across the world that needs it the most.”

Maurice Wren, chief executive of the Refugee Council, said: “The people of Hull can feel proud of the fact that over the past decade they have helped transform the lives of hundreds of refugees through the warmth of their welcome and their countless, every day acts of kindness.”

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Friday 11th March 2016 by The News Editor

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  • Philip Hilton

    Look after the immigrants while the locals do without, sick prospect for our future.
    Cameron is a traitor and so are Hull council.

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