Syrian refugee crisis calls Hastings to action

Refugees queue for supplies in 'The Jungle' refugee camp, Calais. Picture courtesy of Amanda Baker, founder of Blueprint 22 youth organisation SUS-150709-124148001
Refugees queue for supplies in 'The Jungle' refugee camp, Calais. Picture courtesy of Amanda Baker, founder of Blueprint 22 youth organisation SUS-150709-124148001

Hastings residents have sprung to action to help refugees with more than 550 people joining an online group to coordinate their support.

The Hastings Support Refugees Group on Facebook was set to hold a meeting at the old Observer building yesterday (Thursday) to further discuss what residents can do to help.

People across East Sussex have rallied in support of the refugees, with residents in Rye collecting clothes and food for people in Iraq and Jordan.

Harrowing images of three-year old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach prompted more than 300 residents to sign the ‘refugees welcome in East Sussex’ petition on campaign website 38 Degrees.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said its responsibility for accommodating refugees would only be in relation to unaccompanied children.

“We are seeing a steady increase in number of children and young people coming into the county,” he said.

“At present we are supporting 26 young people.

“Most have travelled alone to the UK. We would expect that figure to rise over the year. We will offer support to every child that needs the help of the county council but we need more people to apply to be assessed as carers for this group of children and the wider population.”

For more information on the petition, visit you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/refugees-welcome-in-east-sussex.

Visit www.sussexrefugeesolidarity.uk to get involved in helping the community effort.