Asylum: Syria

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the capacity to resettle Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The tragic situation is Syria continues to concern us all and I commend the work of organisations such as the Disasters Emergency Committee that are bringing much needed relief.

The hon Lady will understand that if refugees were to come to Northern Ireland an assessment of the capacity needed in any resettlement would need to be undertaken by the relevant Northern Ireland Executive Departments in consultation with Whitehall Departments such as the FCO and Home Office.

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