Asylum: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 12th January 2015.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme to ensure that it is responsive to need.

Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the Syrian refugees so far resettled in the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme are (a) principal applicants and (b) family dependents.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Holding answer received on 08 January 2015

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme is designed to complement our humanitarian aid efforts and is based on need rather than fulfilling a quota. The scheme is designed to help particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees

displaced by the Syrian crisis who cannot be supported effectively in the region, particularly survivors of torture and violence, women and children at risk and those in need of medical care. We are working closely with the United

Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to identify the most vulnerable people displaced by the conflict and UNHCR are best placed to ensure that the corresponding referrals are responsive to need.

Of the 90 people granted Humanitarian Protection under the VPR scheme up to the end of September 2014, 23 are Principal Applicants and 67 are dependant family members.

Statistics on arrivals are published through our official statistics at quarterly intervals and no further details on the number of arrivals will be available until the next publication on 26 February, which will include numbers

to the year ending December 2014. These will be available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

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