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19 Oct 2021: Special LAs Thematic Network Forum: the Afghan Crisis in the context of a broken system

Date: 19 Oct 2021

Time: 12:00-13:30

Venue: Online via Zoom

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The City of Sanctuary Local Authority Network is horrified by the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan and LA members around the country have been working hard to prepare to welcome people fleeing unimaginable situations.

Local Government has a proud history of supporting refugees and we have seen a large number of local authorities make pledges to play their part in the effort to resettle people of sanctuary seeking background eligible for ARAP and ACRS. These admirable pledges of support do not come without their challenges for councils working hard to respond to pressures created by a broken asylum system which is not fit for purpose.

We are holding a special LAs Thematic Network Forum to discuss the challenges experienced by Local Authorities resulting from the Afghan Crisis and how working together with local partners can help alleviate pressures and improve experiences for all people feeling violence and persecution.

We want to hear from you

The session will be interactive, informal and centred around emerging challenges and good practice examples. Please send us in any topics you wish to raise with other LA members and third sector representatives. Whether it is approaches to housing, working with local communities, holding/bridging hotels, development of plans for welcome/integration or relationship with national bodies…we want to hear about your experiences and what has worked well so far to respond to ongoing pressures in a rapidly changing environment.

Registrations now open! 

We look forward to welcoming you once again to the 4th Annual Thematic Network Meeting of the City of Sanctuary Local Authority Network. Use the link below to register and share with relevant colleagues and local partners.

Register for the event