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Residents encouraged to attend Syrian refugees conference

Published 06/11/2015

Thousands of migrants and refugees have been heading to Europe (AP)
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People wishing to offer help to Syrian refugees settling in Northern Ireland have been urged to attend a conference on the crisis.

The awareness raising and information event has been planned in Londonderry at the end of the month.

Up to 100 Syrian refugees are due to arrive in Northern Ireland at the end of the year, with others scheduled to relocate to the region on a phased basis in 2016.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Elisha McCallion has encouraged the public in the north-west to attend the From Syria To Sanctuary Here? event.

"There are a lot of rumours, myths and misunderstandings about refugees potentially coming here - and there is also a lot of goodwill from local people who want to know how to help," she said.

"As part of the UK Government scheme, a limited number of refugees will be resettled across the North with some of them very possibly being placed within the Derry City and Strabane Council area.

"This conference will give the public the chance to explore perspectives on the migration crisis internationally and locally with a view to local people being in a more informed position if and when refugees from Syria arrive in our local area."

The free conference is scheduled to take place on Friday November 27 from 9.20am to 2pm in the Foyle Arena Leisure centre. Places need to be booked in advance.

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