Refugees

Home Office written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the global resettlement scheme announced on 17 June 2019, whether refugees entering under that scheme will be granted (a) indefinite leave to remain, (b) refugee status, with five years of leave attached or (c) another form of leave.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to continue to resettle 5,000 refugees a year after 2021.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

On 17 June 2019, the Home Secretary reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to refugee resettlement by announcing a new, global scheme, which will begin in 2020 and aims to resettle in the region of 5,000 refugees in its first year of operation. It is right that we continue to offer safe and legal routes to the UK for the most vulnerable, for whom resettlement is the only durable solution.

This announcement is a clear statement of intent and the department will work to secure longer-term funding for the future of resettlement through the next Spending Review. We continue to engage with international and domestic delivery partners and stakeholders as we prepare to transition to the new scheme in 2020 and work through detailed policy of the new scheme, including the form of leave to be granted to refugees arriving under it.

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