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Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Gloucestershire County Council, our six district councils and our partners in health pledged to resettle up to 140 families within Gloucestershire from 2015 to 2020.

The Syrian Resettlement Programme was announced by the Prime Minister in September 2015. Its primary purpose is to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrian persons from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in a way that:

  • Secures nationality security and public protection;
  • Has the wellbeing of the vulnerable persons and the welcoming communities at the centre of decision making; and
  • Delivers value for money for the UK tax payer.

In Gloucestershire this work is led by the county council, who co-ordinates district councils and partner agencies to ensure a county-wide approach to welcoming Syrian refugees to Gloucestershire.

The scheme is supported by all involved partners and as well as provision by statutory agencies, we also work closely with the Gloucestershire Association for Refugee and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) who meet the families and support them once they have arrived.

To date Gloucestershire has received 33 families (as at Feb 2018) with three more families arriving during March. This is a total of 156 refugees.

For further information, read "Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS): Guidance for local authorities and partners" (on the GOV.UK website).

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