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Help find 5,000 homes for Syrian refugees

Citizens UK has today launched its 'Home for Resettled Refugees Register' - and we need your support to sign up 5,000 landlords who would be willing to rent their property to resettled Syrian refugees.

We have been working on this campaign for a year, but this week we have reached a tipping point, and the Prime Minister is considering an increase in the number of Syrian refugees resettled by the UK.

Quite simply, the more properties pledged on our Register, the more local councils will sign up to participate in the Syrian resettlement programme, the higher the number of Syrians the UK government will consider resettling.

Citizens UK is calling on the government to commit to resettle 10,000 refugees a year for the next two years.

Help us hit that target by adding your rental property to the 'Homes for Resettled Refugees Register'.   

If you don't have any property spare, organise local letting agents and landlords to assist.

 


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  • Lakshmi Pillai
    commented 2015-09-05 11:03:57 +0100
    Rob: The Kurds were safe and lived peaceful lives in Syria under Assad until Cameron and Hollande started to arm and train the Al-Nusra Front (supposedly a moderate anti-Assad group) who have now joined up with ISIL. Cameron continues to arm and train the Al-Nusra Front on the pretext of helping the ‘moderates’ when they are anything but!
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-05 11:01:25 +0100
    Fiona.
    You’ve made a very noble and charitable gesture.
    I admire you for that.
    The Christian-only offer makes sense too because you probably do need a small element of common ground. It will be a difficult time for all concerned.
    Personally I despise religions but I guess humans will always find an excuse to kill each other so religion shouldn’t be excluded from that.
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-05 10:55:16 +0100
    Rob. You are correct.
    Some were bombed out of their homes by members of another sect who are attempting to establish a religious state in the region. By that I mean an area where there is no separation of church and state. The sort of thing that Englishmen fought and died for in OUR country several hundreds of years ago. An Islamic sect is fighting in the region to establish a religious state because the Jews got one by fighting in the same region and that seems to work. But before Israel was created the home of the Jews was Poland. We all know what happened there. However, there was no other Jewish state next door to Poland. Syria is surrounded by Islamic states available for the various sects to find a home. It’s a Middle East problem. There are plenty of rich Arabs who could actually buy an area of land big enough to accommodate all of the bigots in the region but they don’t want to deal with it because there is nothing in it for them.
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-05 10:32:37 +0100
    Rob Jewitt – thanks for the link.
    Secure accommodation. That must include:
    • Constant monitoring so they don’t disappear into the wider community
    • Psychological assessments to identify radicalisation
    • Psychological assessments to identify PTSD
    • Personal protection to reduce the risk of physical assault by angry mobs [extra police?]
    • Basic life-skills training. eg how to use a toilet, how to cook indoors and eat with knife & fork, use of washing machines and other electrical appliances, responsible use of utilities, waste disposal.
    • English lessons.

    I’m serious. This is the basic stuff that we take for granted. Homeowners would not have time to deal with it. Try being a carer for someone who is chronically ill. It takes up all your time and gets you down. If you live with it there is no escape. Not even for a few minutes. Having refugees in your own home is too demanding. As a householder you must be prepared to commit thousands of pounds a year to the support of one person – for an undisclosed period of time. Think about it.

    Having said that I should perhaps mitigate my remarks by adding that plenty of UK-born citizens might benefit from the same regime!

    Sorry for duplicating the previous post. It seems to leave my original post in the frame.
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-05 10:31:23 +0100
    NO!
    Do NOT do this.
    It is a Trojan Horse.
    Governments have Five Year Plans, but insidious Islam does not care for our FLPs. It has centuries to shackle us with its repressive burden. When it goes wrong our elected representatives are driven away from the scene of their treason to their secure sanctuaries.
    Just say NO!
  • Rob Jewitt
    commented 2015-09-05 10:27:16 +0100
    In response to Gary I’m sure we would all agree that the treatment of Afghan interpreters has been scandalous and they should be offered support and resettlement here. This is an injustice which the Govt must address.
    Your comments about the Syrian refugees don’t really make sense – these are ordinary people who have been bombed out of their homes by IS and by Assad. We have a moral and legal responsibility to help. Many will stay and contribute to our society. Hopefully they will also have the possibility of returning home when is is safe to do so.
  • Lakshmi Pillai
    commented 2015-09-05 10:27:13 +0100
    Fiona: Most Asians, including Arabs, are unused to keeping dogs as domestic pets and are therefore uncomfortable with it, not just Muslims.
  • Fiona Melville
    commented 2015-09-05 10:22:48 +0100
    Gary you make some very good points and I totally agree about the Afghan interpreters and I signed the petition asking the government to offer them asylum here. In my post I offered accommodation to Christian refugees because they are the ones at the most risk from Isil and also as a Christian myself I think it would be culturally easier for all concerned
  • Fiona Melville
    commented 2015-09-05 10:18:44 +0100
    Lakshmi, I take your point and I thought after I had posted that it sounded rather exclusive. My reason for offering accommodation to a Christian family is that, being a Christian myself, I thought it would be culturally easier for everyone. For one thing I have four dogs which many Muslims would have a problem with
  • Pieter Van t Hof
    commented 2015-09-05 10:14:01 +0100
    I would share my home to help a syrian refugee.
    I am not a landlord but have a big room to spare.
  • Anne Davidson
    commented 2015-09-05 09:59:21 +0100
    I’m not a landlord but I would share my home.
  • Rob Jewitt
    commented 2015-09-05 09:57:32 +0100
    For information I’m posting this link to a Guardian article about councils’ response to the issue. http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/sep/04/refugee-crisis-uk-local-government-response-syria
    It makes clear that refugees cannot be accommodated in spare rooms but must have more secure regulated accommodation. Local Councils have responsibility for this and must agree to resettle refugees in their area. Volunteers clearly can provide help and support in order ways but the first step is to lobby your local council to agree to take part. There is information on how to go about this on other parts of the Citizens UK site
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-05 09:56:39 +0100
    Some Afghans worked for years as interpreters for the coalition forces [CF] fighting Taliban and Al Qaeda. They put themselves in danger on the frontline alongside troops. They helped carry injured troops to medevac and grieved for them when they died. Watch the National Geographic film RESTREPO. I worked with those guys. I personally know of Afghan interpreters who have lost family because of their association with CF. Summary execution of family by Taliban is rarely reported now that Afghanistan is not a news-worthy. Kidnapping by criminal gangs authorised by Taliban for ransom or human trafficking is more common than we can imagine.
    I have helped many Afghan former military interpreters find safety in the West by quietly petitioning various agencies and supporting the guys in dark times. Some of the Afghans are struggling to get visas. They speak our language, they admire Britain’s achievements. Some of them even despise their ancestor’s for fighting the British in the past two centuries because they see how India and Pakistan have thrived as a result of our influence. These are guys with higher government security clearances than most UK citizens and yet they are not allowed into the UK.

    In visa applications I have stated that I am prepared to house and support these guys. The applications are often rejected because a particular box was not ticked and yet our elected representatives are about to give thousands of people undocumented entry to our country. OUR elected representatives – OUR country!

    Now, because journalists hope to win a Pulitzer Prize and politicians see another opportunity to exploit for the good of their careers, some people will allow strangers into their homes. Please think about the irrationality of this behaviour. It is complete madness. It will create more problems than it solves. We know nothing about these people. They have done nothing for us. They have different ways of doing things, many of which will cause their hosts offence, anger and family disruption. But more than that, the fit young men who make the journey here should be in their own area fighting the enemy. Instead they will bring their sect-based prejudices into our communities.
    UK citizens depart for Syria everyday to fight for whatever it is they fight for. Thousands have made the journey. Some will have noble intent. Many claim to despise our way of life. Six hundred and fifty MPs in the House of Commons, are about to make a decision that will affect millions of legitimate UK citizens; ie. to allow thousands of similar people into our communities. It’s a really bad idea.

    Finally, consider this: why do Muslims make the long journey through Europe when their neighbours are Islamic?
  • Lakshmi Pillai
    commented 2015-09-05 09:53:52 +0100
    Tony Bliar and David Cameron should take the blame for this crisis and open their doors to the refugees. Their wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria have created the problem. Cameron has finally agreed to do his ‘bit’, but not even a squeak has been heard from Bliar? Why? As for Fiona’s offer to house only a ‘Christian’ family, is that what passes for christian values these days? What about the millions of Muslims who have been maimed and killed by that devout christian Blair’s wars?
  • Dave Sadler
    commented 2015-09-05 09:14:55 +0100
    If you don’t want to help the refugees, that’s fine, but don’t try and tell other people they are wrong because they want to. Trojan horse my arse. There have been terrorist attacks prior to this mass migration, so please, shut your noise.
    And in terms of helping indigenous Brits out before anyone else, shut up moaning and go and do it if you feel that strongly.
  • Zosia Kobylinska
    commented 2015-09-05 09:00:40 +0100
    I have room for a couple and two children (possibly more) . in rural west Wales.
  • Sandy Savellis
    commented 2015-09-05 07:44:19 +0100
    I am in council property, it’s just myself and my husband and we have two spare room’s one medium size and one small but enough room for three people. My family use the rooms when they come to visit but am sure they won’t mind giving up the room’s to help. We would like to help the refugees until they can be given more permanent home’s. I don’t know what the council will say but the offer is there.
  • Bill Oflading
    commented 2015-09-05 00:30:47 +0100
    Can the people full of anti-Muslim loathing let us know what they have done to help the homeless ex- servicemen that they talk about?
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-04 23:04:11 +0100
    It was Tony Blair’s ego that destroyed the lives of these people. Maybe he can spare one of his houses in Islington. That should put a stop to house price inflation in London N5.
  • Gary Nicholls
    commented 2015-09-04 22:59:43 +0100
    NO!
    Do NOT do this.
    It is a Trojan Horse.
    Governments have Five Year Plans, but insidious Islam does not care for our FLPs. It has centuries to shackle us with its repressive burden. When it goes wrong our elected representatives are driven away from the scene of their treason to their secure sanctuaries.
    Just say NO!
  • Steph McLoughlin
    commented 2015-09-04 22:33:32 +0100
    My 2 daughters and I would welcome a mother with young children into our home. As a single mum, I’d be wary of having men to stay, but would house and support a mother with children for as long as was necessary.
  • Jonathan Cox
    commented 2015-09-04 22:06:08 +0100
    Thanks to people who have flagged racist and offensive comments. We will be removing any such comments. Would hope people could use this page to be constructive.
  • Linda Rae
    commented 2015-09-04 21:57:13 +0100
    First of all, I wish that woman called “Elizabeth Swinchatt” would stop spewing out this vile poison – one should actually block her and delete her comments asap. Unbelievable!!

    I don’t have any empty property but would like to offer a room to perhaps a woman and small child, until other appropriate accommodation has been found.
  • Fiona Melville
    commented 2015-09-04 20:59:53 +0100
    If the people who responded to my post had read it properly they would see that I was offering a home to Christians, not Muslims
  • He Bu
    commented 2015-09-04 20:30:16 +0100
    If Government, landlords, and local authorities can accommodate refugees, why can’t they provide safe accommodation for the thousands of homeless people who are already in this Country. Why is there no outcry for accommodation and help for them? I don’t see headlines or emotional pictures for these homeless families, young people, vulnerable people and ex-military personnel, amongst others. They surely have an equal right to a safe place to live, and should not be left vulnerable on the streets. Here are a few links to some of the organisations who try to help – without huge donations from the Government. So why £900m for refugees, when they are unable to find funds for British homeless? Surely any money should be shared equally to house all the homeless.
    https://www.bigissue.org.uk/
    http://www.shelter.org.uk/
    http://centrepoint.org.uk/
    http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/homelessness.htm
    http://www.crisis.org.uk/
    http://www.ukhomes4heroes.org.uk/
  • Peter Shaw
    commented 2015-09-04 20:01:59 +0100
    Yes rank hypocrisy. Mentally ill people left to fend for themselves on streets. Landlords evicting poor families. One photo and the country goes all Lady Diana. Just open your eyes to the poverty and death in our country. Furthermore try father if the drowned chikd should be prosecuted for manslaughter. He was akready in a safe place with his family. He just fancied a better standard of living. Don’t we all. We don’t imperil the lives of our children to obtain it however
  • Travis Makonde-Tafari
    commented 2015-09-04 19:56:58 +0100
    I find British citizenry so hypocritical like these landlords offering accomodation to refugees, but what about the thousands of homeless and ex – military they ignore?
  • Chris Jones
    commented 2015-09-04 19:29:14 +0100
    Disgusting…what about our 4500+ homeless veterans? they come first.
  • Paul Brown
    commented 2015-09-04 19:28:19 +0100
    how many of our own British people will have to die in order to take these immigrants ?? how many more thousands of British elderly and disabled will be “CULLED” to make way for these immigrants ?? how many more British people will be forced out of their homes so that these immigrants can move in ??
  • April Ryan
    commented 2015-09-04 19:15:42 +0100
    Thousands of boarded up empty homes in the north east of England. I would also make room for a family in my home.

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