Caerphilly County Borough Asylum Seekers Report

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Asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Ukraine have “integrated well with no problems” in the Caerphilly County Borough – but some remain in temporary accommodation.

A council report presented to the cabinet on Wednesday September 7 revealed that two Afghan families living in the county borough have settled, with the children attending local schools.

But the report also says “a number of families” have been living in hotels for more than a year.

The council’s report added: ‘We are constantly looking for affordable rental properties and another has come on stream in recent weeks.

Local families and individuals donated homes and properties to those fleeing war in Ukraine, and now around 73 Ukrainian refugees live in the county borough.

Ukrainians mainly arrive through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, but also through the Welsh Government’s ‘super sponsor’ route.

The super sponsor route is expected to result in a “significant increase” in the number of Ukrainians coming to the county borough of Caerphilly, according to the report.

Clearsprings, a Home Office contractor, has worked in partnership with the council to relocate asylum seekers.

local police issues; availability of health care; and the provision of places in schools, are all taken into account when deciding on suitable accommodation for asylum seekers.

Cllr Shayne Cook, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We have a long history of supporting and resettling refugees in Caerphilly and are proud to continue to provide a place of refuge for those fleeing the atrocities of war and of persecution.

“I would like to thank the hosts who volunteered to open their homes to people affected by the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the council staff who dedicated their time to welcoming those arriving in the county borough.”


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