‘But the stranger that dwells with you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’
The world is in the midst of the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Four and a half million refugees have fled the conflict in Syria. Refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan, along with Syrian refugees and a number of other refugees and migrants, have taken to the Mediterranean by boat to reach Europe, leading to more than 7,500 deaths since 2014.
On 7th September 2015, David Cameron announced that the UK will be resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. There is however great demand for the UK to do more. Many in the UK want to do more themselves. Support Refugees offers a number of ways you can provide practical help to refugees and asylum seekers both in the UK and abroad, through donating, campaigning and volunteering.
“Refugees are ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances.”
United Nations High Commission for Refugees
The aim of this website is to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for those seeking to respond to the refugee crisis. So far we have tried to collate some essential basic information on where to donate, how to volunteer, and what the crisis is all about. This website was started as an initiative of the British Jewish community, ourselves refugees and the descendants of refugees, to mobilise the huge outpouring of goodwill and support. This is a resource for all, but with a particular focus on Jewish organisations.
We are very aware of the limitations of this information so far, such as a lot of the volunteering being London focussed, but we will continue to work on this website to improve its scope. In this effort we would ask for your patience and your help. Please share with us on our Facebook group any more opportunities you know of in your area of the country or contact us through the website and we will update the website. Above all, we hope this website is of use to you.