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Supporting refugees

Our borough has a proud history of supporting refugees and migrants. We are strengthened by our diversity and the values we hold which enable and empower it.

Our response to the situation in Afghanistan

As a Borough of Sanctuary, Lewisham is determined to provide a safe home for Afghan refugees fleeing conflict and persecution.

How the community is supporting refugees

We have an active and engaged voluntary and community sector willing to support the integration of refugee families who have resettled in the borough. Offers of support and donations from the local community are coordinated by us, our provider the Refugee Council and community group Lewisham Refugee Welcome to best meet the needs of the families.

Our plans to become a Borough of Sanctuary

Our borough has a proud history of supporting refugees and migrants. At a time of increased pressure on those with uncertain immigration status, we are proud to have been recognised as a Borough of Sanctuary by the national charity ‘City of Sanctuary’, who awarded us the title of ‘Council of Sanctuary’ in May 2021. This is the first time a council has been awarded this honour.