Lewisham Labour is proud to announce that Lewisham Council has met its target of resettling 100 refugee families from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. To celebrate this Lewisham Council and the Refugee Council hosted a celebration in Mountsfield Park during Refugee Week.

Image from the Refugee Week celebrations
Image from the Refugee Week celebrations

Lewisham Council is now London’s lead borough for refugee resettlement. A commitment made by Mayor Damien Egan in his 2018 manifesto, Lewisham Labour has been a campaigning council around refugees and was vital in pressuring the Home Office to restarting the resettlement programme following the pandemic. For the council’s efforts on resettlement and tackling the hostile environment was made the country’s first Borough of Sanctuary by the charity City of Sanctuary.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham said:

“We had a wonderful celebration with our refugee families in Mountsfield Park yesterday. Lewisham is an open borough and is leading the way in London and nationally with our refugee re-settlement programme. We believe that diversity enhances our community and yesterday was a lovely opportunity to come together, celebrate and give a very warm welcome to our sanctuary seekers in Lewisham.”

Cllr Juliet Campbell, Cabinet Member for Communities, Refugees and Wellbeing said:

“We are very proud of the work that we and our partners are doing in Lewisham to support all sanctuary seekers. At a time of increased pressure and negative narrative from central Government, we celebrate and promote the welcome contribution of people seeking sanctuary in our brough and prove that diverse communities like ours can be both happy and cohesive.”

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