Refugees: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the 20,000 Syrian refugees that will be admitted to the UK that will be settled in the local authority areas of (a) West Oxfordshire, (b) Cheshire East and (c) the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

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

It is not possible at the moment to say how many vulnerable individuals and families will be resettled in specific areas across the UK. Our existing policy, based on the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 drawn up by the last Labour Government, is aimed at ensuring that asylum seekers and refugees are dispersed across the country so that no individual local authority bears a disproportionate share of the burden. We are working closely with a wide range of partners, including local authorities and civil society organisations, to ensure that this remains the case.

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