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Refugee Action responds to Chief Inspector’s report on Syrian resettlement

Picture of a Refugee Action resettlement volunteer accompanying a group of Syrian refugee families to visit a local shop.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt has today published a report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

It finds that the scheme is “essentially effective” and that the Government is on track to achieve its pledge to resettle 20,000 refugees affected by the Syrian conflict by May 2020.

While acknowledging the success of the scheme so far, the Inspector makes a number of recommendations on how it can be improved.

Louise Calvey, head of resettlement at Refugee Action, says:

“The success of the Government’s Syrian resettlement shows how much more Britain can do to welcome refugees. It’s been wonderful to see communities and local authorities around the country choosing to be part of this vital scheme.

“But as the Chief Inspector’s report highlights, the Government needs to urgently provide clarity on what is happening to the programme post 2020.

“We’re in the middle of the worst refugee crisis on record. Expanding resettlement to welcome at least 10,000 refugees each year, regardless of which emergency they’ve been forced to flee, would far better reflect the contribution we should be making.

“We hope the Home Office will use this opportunity to build on best practice and make improvements to give all resettled refugees the best chance of successfully rebuilding their lives in Britain.”


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