The Minister for Syrian Refugees, Richard Harrington has appealed to more local authorities to support the Government’s plans to resettle Syrian refugees.
Addressing a conference in Bio City, Mr Harrington thanked local authorities and partner organisations in the East Midlands for participating in the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), and helping to resettle Syrian refugees in the UK.
“I am proud to lead our nation’s resettlement programme and thrilled that we have already begun to deliver on our promise – with over 1,000 Syrian refugees resettled by the end of 2015,” Mr Harrington said. “This has been made possible by an incredible amount of effort and support from local authorities from the East Midlands and across the UK.”
He observed that there was still much to be done to offer protection to the 20,000 vulnerable Syrians over the course of this Parliament.
“The ongoing support and co-operation of local authorities, NGOs and others will be essential as we expand the resettlement scheme further in the coming months,” Mr Harrington said.