Church of England Encourages Sponsorship of ‘Resettled Refugees’

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most senior bishop in the Church of England, tweeted support for refugees this Saturday, encouraging the UK community to sponsor them in a resettlement scheme he launched with the Home Secretary last July.

According to Gov.uk, the sponsorship scheme enables charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to support “resettled refugees” in the UK. Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, was the first community group to take in a refugee family.

The Archbishop posted:

“Last year we welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to live with us here at Lambeth Palace through the Community Sponsorship scheme. It has been an absolute privilege and joy to get to know this special family over the last year as we’ve supported them to start a new life in the UK. They have been a blessing to us in so many ways.

It’s amazing to think that in just one month we’ll be celebrating their one year anniversary – and we really will be celebrating. In whatever way you can, I would encourage everyone to get involved with Community Sponsorship and support refugees. It is truly a life-changing experience.”

At UK.gov, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:

This is an historic opportunity for individuals, charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to support refugee families directly.

By bringing together the voluntary sector and local and central government, we can better support those fleeing conflict to fully integrate into life in the UK.

UK.gov reports that in September 2015 the government pledged to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees, and according to them, the latest published statistics show more than 1,800 Syrians have been provided “refuge” in the UK.

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