For the next ten years, Wiltshire will be accepting up to 100 refugee children as confirmed by the council today. This was the result of an aggressive campaign appealing the local authorities to accept more refugee children in the county.
In a motion, the council states:
“Wiltshire Council builds on its achievements in caring for vulnerable unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children by supporting the Safe Passage Our Turn campaign, recognizing the historical legacy of the Kindertransport, and pledges to welcome directly from affected regions (including inside Europe) up to 10 at-risk refugee children per year for the next 10 years as part of a fully funded government child resettlement scheme.”
The motion also added that the Wiltshire Council should work hand-in-hand with the government, the local campaigners, and other faith groups in looking for ways to make the scheme work. The motion also highlights the importance of allowing for more Wiltshire fosters carers inside the county. It should be noted that other councils, including Dorset and Bristol, have already signed up and come up with new schemes while a total of 720 places have already pledged towards the 10,000 targets.
The local authority of Wiltshire was one of the first councils in 2015 that have committed to supporting vulnerable individuals which include children with refugee status. During that year, the council signed up to help Syrian refugees using the “Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme” which results in making a total of 103 Syrian living in the country as of the moment.
Several campaigners have been pushing to help more asylum seekers, especially children, as new figures are coming out indicating the amount of money that is needed for councils to get these people into safety.