Cabinet members to discuss settlement of Syrian refugees

​Date: 19/01/2016

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Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet are to discuss a report into how the district could support Syrian refugees, as part of the UK resettlement programme.

Councillors meeting on January 26 will be asked to agree a recommendation to resettle 100 refugees over the next three years from the middle-east country, who are fleeing their homes due to war.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The Council has a strong record in providing services and support to vulnerable people within our communities.

"I am proud of the district's long term commitment to support families fleeing conflict and persecution."

As many as 3.88 million Syrians have become refugees due to war and conflict. The number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance now stands at 12.2 million people.

The Government has agreed to take 20,000 refugees into the UK over five years and is working with local authorities to resettle vulnerable people.

If councillors agree for 100 Syrians to be placed in Wakefield they would be able to stay for five years, with the right to work. After five years they could apply to settle permanently.

Councillors are also being asked to approve a recommendation for local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region to work together through Migration Yorkshire on resettlement plans.

The Council would plan for new arrivals by identifying suitable housing providers. Police and health organisations would also be involved in planning for refugees and helping them to settle.