Two Syrian refugees concentrate during an English lesson with a volunteer teacher in London.
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A summer rainstorm pounded down on the eaves of Christ the Savior Church hall in London as Fardous Bahbouh poured tea and set up the makeshift classroom where she teaches some 25 Syrian refugees how to ask for directions in English, shop for groceries and navigate British norms in making new friends. Bahbouh's class is part of a larger Facebook community called "Ahlan Wa Sahlan" – Arabic for welcome – one of many small local efforts that have sprung up across Britain to help migrants who have made their way to the country after fleeing civil war in Syria.As the U.K. struggles to implement its commitment to resettle more than 20,000 Syrians, the government is counting on charities and community groups to help the newcomers adjust to life in Britain.While Britain initially resisted international pressure to accept large numbers of refugees, more than 9,000 Syrians have filed for asylum in the U.K. since 2011 .
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