Syrian refugees are set to be housed in Caerphilly by Christmas after the council became one of the first local authorities in Wales to accept displaced families from the region.
Two Syrian families will be resettled in private, rented accommodation, as the council looks to become “one of the trailblazer authorities supporting families fleeing from the war-torn region”.
In response to the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, more families are expected to be housed by the council in the new year.
The Home Office will meet all of the costs of housing and any other support required, a council spokesperson said.
Cllr Keith Reynolds, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council said: “We made a commitment that Caerphilly will play its part in supporting those families affected by the Syrian refugee crisis and I am pleased that we will be able to deliver on this promise.
“It is anticipated that the first two families will be relocated within the Caerphilly town area and we may be asked to take two more in the New Year.
“I’m sure local people will demonstrate typical Welsh warmth and hospitality in welcoming these families into our community.”
Caerphilly AM Jeff Cuthbert praised the council’s “proactive stance”.
He said “Caerphilly County Borough Council are doing whatever they can to support families from Syria who have fled persecution and war.
“I’ve seen with my own eyes the large amount of donations of essential items from the public to support refugees in their hour of need.
“The local authority are right to be leading the way and I look forward to those families settling peacefully within Caerphilly Borough over the coming months.”
The move was also supported by the opposition Plaid Cymru group on the council.
Plaid group leader Cllr Colin Mann said: “Plaid Cymru was pleased to support a proposal by the chief executive to assist two refugee families who have faced a horrific situation in Syria.
“I hope that in due course that the council will be able to help additional families that have been affected by four years’ of civil war, which has led to one of Europe’s worst ever humanitarian crises.
“The people of Wales have a proud tradition over many years of providing a warm welcome to refugees and I’m sure that will again be repeated.”
A council spokesperson said they expect the number of families housed in the county borough to be low and will “assess the situation in the New Year once the initial families have settled in”.