In his statement to the House of Commons on 7th September, the Prime Minister announced that Britain would resettle up to 20,000 Syrian Refugees over the rest of the Parliament. The Syrian Vulnerable Persons scheme will provide support and protection for the most vulnerable people who will be brought to the UK from the refugee camps in the countries neighbouring Syria. Priority will be given to various groups of people including women and children at risk, people in severe need of medical care and survivors of torture and violence.
The Home Office is now working with Migration Yorkshire, based in Leeds, to ensure an effective regional response. Migration Yorkshire is a local authority-led regional migration partnership that works with the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors. During this immediate first phase of the Government’s response, Migration Yorkshire is working closely with those local authorities in the region who have operated resettlement schemes for many years and already have effective local networks that can accommodate and support people.
The East Riding, along with other local authorities in the region has volunteered to join the programme and will be working with Migration Yorkshire in the coming months to plan for the resettlement of refugees and to consider the support needed including housing, education, and health and social care. There are many details still to be agreed with government about how the scheme will run in practice and how it will be funded. At this stage it is too early to confirm the number of refugees that we will be asked to support through the scheme.