Council seeks groups willing to help refugees integrate

Council seeks groups willing to help refugees integrate
Syrian brother and sister Sofia (3yrs) and Astia (4yrs), on the Greek Island of Kos after making the crossing from Turkey to Europ in October 2015. Picture:

Cork County Council is seeking the assistance of voluntary and community organisations who will support the resettlement of Syrian Refugees in the county.

So far 22 Syrian families have been resettled throughout County Cork in accordance with Ireland’s commitment to accept 4,000 refugees under the EU Resettlement and Relocation Programme.

The commitment, given by the Irish government in September 2015, came in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe and the acute situation in Syria following a six-year civil war.

Cork County Council is acting as the lead agency supporting the resettlement of Refugees in the Cork region.

They Council said it has not as yet been notified by the Department of Justice and Equality of any additional refugees numbers for Cork County.

However, they are are now seeking interest from voluntary and community groups to help integrate the existing and any new Syrian families that are resettled here.

Such groups should have experience assisting vulnerable communities and will recruit a Resettlement Support Worker who will be the point of contact for the Syrian community in Cork.

They will develop a range of initiatives to promote the resettlement and integration of the refugees in the county and will support the refugees to adjust to a new community and culture.

The programme will begin April and run until the end of March 2018 but may be extended.

"It is intended that the project will run for a period of 12 months but this may be extended, pending availability of funding.The main objective of this initiative is to support recently arrived refugees who will be resettled in the Cork area," the Council said.

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