Syrian Resettlement Scheme

SYRIAN RESETTLEMENT SCHEME

Following an announcement by the Prime Minister to the House of Commons on 7th September 2015, the UK Government agreed to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by ‘significantly expanding the criteria that it uses for its existing Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme’.

The Government announced that it would use the existing UNHCR process for identifying and resettling refugees, whereby those persons who are relocated here will be granted 5 year humanitarian protection visas.

The UK Government agreed to ensure that the full cost (to participating Local Authorities) of supporting thousands of Syrian refugees in the UK will be met through their aid spending for the first year, thereby easing the burden on local communities.

In late 2015, DPIA was delighted to deliver ‘Orientation and Support’ services to families who were being relocated before Christmas under Syrian resettlement schemes which were being operated by:

  • Torfaen County Borough Council
  • Caerphilly County Borough Council

These local authorities were amongst the first in the UK to be receiving Syrian families and were identified as ‘trailblazer’ authorities by the Home Office.

Further details of the actual scheme can be found on the following UK Government link

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/472020/Syrian_Resettlement_Fact_Sheet_gov_uk.pdf

DPIA has gained a great deal of practical experience and knowledge in delivering daily operational support under the above schemes, and has received excellent feedback from both the Councils and the service users who have been resettled under these schemes.

We provide a comprehensive package of support which begins ‘pre-arrival’ by making all the necessary arrangements (including hiring appropriate transport and providing Arabic support staff as well as DPIA project workers) to meet and greet the families at the nominated airport and to accompany them from the airport to their new homes.

We have developed excellent working relationships with our existing Local Authority partners. Through offering a comprehensive package of integration support which is tailored to the individual needs of each family arriving under the scheme.

DPIA are delighted to now also be delivering support services under Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s participation in the scheme.

Our Resettlement Team has been expanded to more than half a dozen staff members, ranging from case workers to interpreters and administrative staff.

If you wish to discuss any aspects of the scheme further, please contact Faruk Ogut, our Resettlement Team Co-ordinator on 07929 032 818 or 029 2048 2478. Alternatively  you can email him on faruk@dpia.org.uk

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