Birmingham Citadel Welcomes Refugees 2022/2023


For centuries, the UK has offered refuge to those seeking sanctuary. In 2015, in response to the Syrian conflict, the Prime Minister announced that 20,000 people would come to Britain as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. As families began to arrive and rebuild their lives, more and more communities made it clear they wanted to step up and play their part in the welcome and resettlement process. Consequently, The Home Office and civil society organisations came together to co-design The Community Sponsorship of Refugees scheme. Launched in June 2016, this particular form of resettlement gave ordinary people from ordinary communities the opportunity to form sponsorship groups that would directly support refugees. Today, Community Sponsorship is a growing movement, with sponsoring groups emerging in villages, towns and cities across the UK.

The Salvation Army in Birmingham was moved by the plight of people from Afghanistan seeking refuge in the UK and is committed to helping a family to settle in the UK through this scheme. Our aim is to welcome a family to the area, support them as they adapt to everyday life and ultimately enable them to live independently as part of the community here in Birmingham.

Keep checking back to this page for the latest updates as the project takes shape.

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