Residents are being invited to add their names to a petition to bring 300 children trapped in ‘The Jungle’ in Calais over to safety and security in Britain before the start of the new school term.
The campaign is being led by Lord Alfred Dubs, a child refugee rescued by Britain in 1938 after fleeing from Nazi persecution.
Each of the 300 children already have members of their families living in the country, but are stuck in Calais, living at risk of exploitation and trafficking.
Cllr John Mutton is encouraging all those that feel moved by the campaign to add their names to the petition. He said:
“It has often been said that a sign of a civilised society is how they treat vulnerable people less fortunate than themselves.
“Some of the most vulnerable children in the world are stuck in the refugee camp in Calais, being exploited. We have the chance to live up to our reputation of being a compassionate and caring city by all signing the petition.”
Over 57,000 people have already added their support to the campaign.