Refugees: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees of each religious group his Department has (a) recommended to be resettled by the UN; and (b) agreed to resettle in the UK in each quarter of each of the last four years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The UK’s resettlement programmes follow the humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality, which means that we resettle solely based on needs identified by UNHCR through their established processes, rather than on the basis of ethno-religious origin.

We believe that one way to protect the privacy of those being resettled and support their recovery and integration is to limit the amount of information about them that we make publicly available.

We therefore do not routinely publish a religious and ethnic breakdown of those who have been resettled, however internal management information indicates that the majority of Syrian refugees referred by UNHCR, and resettled to the UK are Muslim, with Christians and other religious groups represented in smaller numbers.

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