Refugee Action responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Syrian resettlement

By January 13, 2017Press release
Picture of a Refugee Action resettlement volunteer accompanying a group of Syrian refugee families.

The Public Accounts Committee has today published a report on the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme.

Refugee Action’s dedicated staff and volunteers see families benefiting from the resettlement programme every day.

The charity is working in partnership with local authorities around England to support Syrian families arriving through the scheme.

Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, says:

“The Government’s pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 is achievable and we’re seeing good progress being made.

“The latest figures show that so far more than 4,000 Syrians have arrived in Britain through this programme and it’s fantastic to see communities all over the country choosing to welcome refugees to their areas.

“We’re in the middle of the worst refugee crisis in more than 60 years. The Syrian resettlement programme is a crucial first step, but there is more we can and should be doing to protect refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries.

“We must also ensure all refugees have the right support to rebuild their lives in Britain and start contributing to their new communities.

“Enabling refugees to learn English is vital for effective integration and the Committee’s report puts a welcome focus on English language provision.

“The Government’s extra funding of £10m for English classes for resettled Syrian refugees is much-needed investment. But it does nothing to improve access to English lessons for resettled refugees from other countries and those who claim asylum in Britain.”

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For more information and interviews contact the Refugee Action press office on 0207 952 1530 or 07771 748 159.

Notes to editors:

Refugee Action is a key provider of resettlement support for the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme. The charity’s caseworkers provide personalised support so that the families can access English language lessons, health and education services. Refugee Action staff and volunteers offer practical advice and guidance to help refugees develop an understanding of their local area and start rebuilding their lives.