ABERYSTWYTH looks set to welcome another Syrian family later this year, an international conference on resettling refugees held in the town heard.
The Cambrian News reported “Held at Aberystwyth University’s Old College on Thursday, 20 July, around 100 people from across the UK and Canada attended the ‘Community Sponsorship: a new practical way for communities to help refugees’ conference.
The conference, organised by the Home Office, the Good Faith Partnership and Aberaid, and supported by Aberystwyth University, aimed to raise awareness of the Home Office’s Community Sponsorship Program, which has just celebrated its first anniversary.
The programme is based on decades of successful experience in Canada, which has seen over 280,000 refugees resettled.
The event provided a chance to ask questions, network and connect with others who are keen to support refugees through community sponsorship.
It was revealed in February that refugee action group Aberaid had raised £9,000, enough to begin the process of resettling a Syrian refugee family under the Home Office programme.
Aberaid are now in the process of applying to be community sponsors for a refugee family and are currently formalising their application with the county council and the Home office and hope to be welcoming their first family to Aberystwyth this autumn.
There are currently 20 Syrian refugees living in Aberystwyth.
Lindsey Gaunt, of Aberaid, said: “It was a privilege for Aberystwyth to be picked to host the Home Office’s Community Sponsorship conference in Wales, which in itself demonstrates the visibility that Aberystwyth and Ceredigion has attracted for being a place of refuge for refugees and asylum seekers in the last few years” here.