Youth Assembly debates idea of taking 400 Syrian refugees

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STUDENTS from five secondary schools and University College Jersey were in the States Chamber yesterday debating whether the Island should accommodate 400 Syrian refugees over five years.

The Youth Assembly, which was made up of 45 students aged from 16 to 18, is held every year to enable students to debate issues which affect the lives of young people. The students, from Jersey College for Girls, Victoria College, De La Salle, Beaulieu, Hautlieu and the University College Jersey, had an opportunity to quiz senior politicians in the Chamber before voting on propositions which they had lodged.

A proposition brought by Jasmine Box of JCG to accommodate and settle at least 400 Syrian refugees over five years was backed by 27 votes to 13, with five abstentions.

Miss Box said that it would take only a small number of Islanders to lose their jobs and be left homeless to realise that they were not so far away from those fleeing war and looking for a new home.

She added that according to statistics collated by Oxfam, Jersey's fair share of refugees would be 40 people, which equates to eight families.

Full report in Wednesday's JEP.

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