A Facebook group set up in Fleetwood to oppose the possibility of Syrian refugees coming to the town has now gained more than 2,000 members.
Members of a new Facebook group, Fleetwood Unite (Say No to Refugees), are directly opposed to migrants coming to the town.
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In less than a week it has attracted more than 2,000 members.
Set up by Fleetwood man Gesz Clark, the group’s members are worried about the prospect of strangers from an unstable part of the world arriving in the town, and fears over potential extremism.
Mr Clark set up the group after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Britain will take 20,000 migrants over the next five years, and a story in our sister paper The Weekly News which highlighted local support for the refugees.
However, Fleetwood MP Cat Smith, who has spoken in support of Britain helping refugees fleeing from war-torn Syria and Iraq, says the town would be likely to take no more than just two refugees a year.
A statement from Mr Clark on the Fleetwood Unite site, which is closed to the public, reads: “As you would have seen in the local papers, over 200 Fleetwood residents are offering to take in refugees. This doesn’t just put them at harm but also all other Fleetwood residents.
“I along with many more worry for the future of my children.
“You have seen on daily news how they are destroying other countries and it’s world news that we are going to take 20,000.
“Stand up for your town and families.
“And say no.”
Some of the posts refer to extremist banners shown among migrants arriving in Germany, and some of the postings flag up views that British soldiers are in greater need of help.
Meanwhile, another group, Fleetwood Folk Support Syrian Refugees Group, is trying to help refugees.
MP Cat Smith said this week: “David Cameron’s announcement equates to approximately just two refugees a year in a town the size of Fleetwood.
“These are victims of ISIS who are fleeing the horrors of that regime.
“I’m campaigning for the government to address the issues of poor housing conditions, inadequate jobs with inadequate wages and inadequate hours for all my constituents – this issue is very separate to the moral argument that as a country we play our role internationally in humanitarian issues”