Refugees: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees from Syrian have been accepted into the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme to date.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under Secretary for Home Office (Jointly with Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for International Development), Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department for Communities and Local Government (Jointly with Home Office and Department for International Development), Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department for International Development (Jointly with Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 30 November 2015

The Government has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in the lifetime of this Parliament. The Prime Minister has said that we want to see 1,000 refugees brought to the UK by Christmas.

The first charter flights arrived earlier this month and represent a significant upscaling of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme. We will not be giving a running commentary on numbers. Details are published in the regular quarterly immigration statistics. The statistics published on 26 November include the number of arrivals from July to the end of September 2015.

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