Preparing for Afghan refugees' arrival

In response to the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) will be helping to co-ordinate practical support within the Jewish community for refugees from Afghanistan when they arrive in the UK.

“Although the exact numbers and locations are not yet known, we want to be prepared”, said Dr Edie Friedman, JCORE’s executive director. The organisation, which has offered support for refugees from the Vietnamese boat people in the 1980s to Syrian refugees in the 2010s, is no stranger to helping victims of conflict. At the moment JCORE is looking for volunteers to help to coordinate the effort. Anyone able to help should please email

In addition, more than 200 members of the community have so far signed JCORE’s open letter to the government calling for more to be done to help refugees from Afghanistan. “The government’s announcement that it will bring in 20,000 refugees over five years is welcome but must be seen as just one step”, said Dr Friedman. The letter calls for additional measures such as scrapping the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill and making sure that people are not forcibly returned to Afghanistan. “As a community descended in many cases from people escaping persecution, we recognise the importance of offering refugees sanctuary”, she concluded. Anyone wanting to sign this letter can do so at