On the day of the London Elections (3 May), the Refugee Council can announce that three London mayoral candidates and 27 London Assembly candidates from across the political spectrum have signed the “London Loves Refugees” pledge to ensure London is a welcoming place for refugees if they are elected.
The Refugee Council, and other refugee organisations working in London, launched the pledge to ensure those elected would actively develop proposals to ensure refugees and asylum seekers living in London can fully participate in London life.
The pledge also asks the candidates to reflect the warm attitudes Londoners have towards refugees in their policies: a Refugee Council opinion poll last year showed most people in London (81%) are sympathetic to refugees coming to Britain, far more than the national average (67%).
Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:
“We are delighted that so many of the London candidates have signed the pledge to ensure London is a welcoming place for people who have fled conflict and persecution and are rebuilding their lives in the city. Londoners are famously welcoming to refugees, so it is only right that the Mayor and London Assembly do all they can to ensure they can integrate and participate in London life.”
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