Refugees: Resettlement

Home Office written question – answered on 8th October 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department has undertaken with representatives of (a) local authorities and (b) voluntary organisations on their preparedness to accommodate refugee resettlement arrivals in response to the proposed resumption of refugee resettlement flights.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We maintain regular dialogue with a variety of resettlement stakeholders, including local authorities, Strategic Migration Partnerships and other support providers. To date, our resettlement schemes have been supported by over 300 local authorities across the UK, and we are extremely grateful for this support.

Additionally, the successful Community Sponsorship Scheme puts in place the Government’s commitment to develop a scheme to allow community groups, charities and faith groups to support refugees directly

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions and pressures, both overseas and in the UK, it is not currently possible to undertake any refugee resettlement activity. We continue to evaluate how to respond given these restrictions and pressures, but we expect to resume refugee resettlement activity when safe to do so.

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