Asylum: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.

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

Holding answer received on 16 January 2015

After launching the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme last January, the Home Secretary wrote to the Chairman of the Local Government Association on 11 February 2014 encouraging local authority participation and

this letter has been cascaded across local authorities. As the scheme has progressed, we have continued to engage closely with local authorities who have expressed an interest in participation. Following the United Nations

High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pledging conference in Genevaon 9 December 2014, a number of additional local authorities have also expressed an interest, and we are in discussions with them. We are grateful to

the local authorities who are supporting the scheme, and we remain confidentthat we can continue to meet the needs of arrivals in the UK under the scheme as planned. We expect the scheme to help several hundred Syrians over three

years, and we welcome further offers of support from local authorities as the scheme progresses.

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