The passing of a Sinn Féin motion at Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council calling for council to hold a special meeting of committee to discuss the refugee crisis has been welcomed by Councillor Gemma McKenna.
Cllr McKenna spoke following the decision, “With the refugee crisis unfolding throughout Europe, the people of this borough have responded with compassion and generosity. The passing of this motion sends out a clear message to the public, that as a council we recognise we have a role to play. Whilst the numbers coming into this Borough may be small, it is important that council begin to examine how we can support the families that do come and how we can best integrate them into society.”
The Sinn Féin councillor added, “The special meeting will begin to look at how we as a council can assist refugees and also how we can assist communities in supporting the refugees further. The reality of the situation is that people are risking their lives in order to get to safety, when they arrive in a country they will have very little with them. It is vital that we explore what practical steps we can take in helping them. The message from the citizens of this borough has been very clear ‘Refugees are welcome here’.“