LETTERS: Sheffield’s refugee sanctuary has set an unwanted precedent

A group of Syrians, Afghans and Palestinians has just arrived to the coast of Lesvos. Greece, September 7, 2015. Photo by Anna Pantelia/Depo Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM ... Refugees Arrives In Lesvos Island - Greece ... 08-09-2015 ... Lesvos Island ... Greece ... Photo credit should read: Depo Photos/ABACA. Unique Reference No. 24028309 ...
A group of Syrians, Afghans and Palestinians has just arrived to the coast of Lesvos. Greece, September 7, 2015. Photo by Anna Pantelia/Depo Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM ... Refugees Arrives In Lesvos Island - Greece ... 08-09-2015 ... Lesvos Island ... Greece ... Photo credit should read: Depo Photos/ABACA. Unique Reference No. 24028309 ...
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While becoming the first City of Sanctuary was no doubt intended as noble and well intentioned, perhaps Sheffield has unfortunately set as unwanted precedent.

“Sheffield, like most major cities in the UK, face many challenges and problems unique to big cities.

Areas of severe deprivation, high levels of child poverty, mass unemployment, poor academic qualifications of the young, housing shortages and an ever increasing and diverse population.

Why add to these obvious and numerous issues by encouraging more refugees and asylum seekers to our cities.

Perhaps the leaders of Sheffield and the other big city councils, should direct their campaigning efforts towards the MP’s and councils of the much wealthier and more prosperous areas of the country.

When the likes of Winchester in Berkshire, Epsom in Surrey, Bournemouth, Cheltenham and Stratford Upon Avon offer to take and accept the majority of the refugees, perhaps then and only then, the big cities could step in and take the remainder.

What good is it to any refugee to be stuck in some deprived area, when they could be living a much more fruitful and prosperous existence in a more affluent and wealthy part of the country.

Noone benefits by just expecting the big cities to cope with all these extra people.

I do not hear the people of Devon and Cornwall calling for their towns and cities to became areas of Sanctuary.

Perhaps their silence speaks louder than words.”

G Grant