Refugees: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost, in the first year, of accepting Syrian refugees.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

The first 12 months of each refugee’s resettlement costs will be funded using ODA (Official Development Assistance). After year one we will also provide additional funding to assist with costs incurred in future years.

The anticipated cost for the first year is still being worked out between relevant Government departments and local authorities. We expect to agree indicative costings in the near future.

There are a range of factors that have to be included when it comes to bringing people to the UK and helping them to settle. Each person coming from Syria will have different needs so it is not possible to say how much the support for any individual will cost.

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