Crisis Fund making real impact on lives of vulnerable immigrants - Fearon
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said the Crisis Fund to help vulnerable immigrants, destitute refugees and asylum seekers was achieving its aims.
The Junior Minister said:
"The Crisis Fund and the Minority Ethnic Development Fund have made a real impact on the lives of vulnerable immigrants, destitute refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups.
“They are key delivery mechanisms of the racial equality strategy.
“They provide for people who are in a crisis situation, providing immediate and very precise practical help as their individual situation requires by giving them food, clothing, heating, electricity or short-term accommodation.
“In fact the Crisis Fund has made such an impact and proved so successful that Scotland and Wales are looking to replicate the model.
The Newry and Armagh MLA also said there was good work being done for Syrian refugees relocating here.
"Last week, junior Minister Ross and I met the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and, just today, we received a letter expressing his gratitude and commending us on the work that is being done. He was very touched by the experiences of refugees living here and wanted to pass on that message regarding their experience under our operation.”