UK Expands Syrian Aid Programme
New changes announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd will allow non- Syrians to be re-settled in the U.K under expansions to the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).
What are these changes?
Refugees of all nationalities, fleeing conflict in Syria, will be eligible for re-settlement in the U.K. This will mean Iraqi, Palestinian and Kurdish minorities, who first sought refuge in Syria, but fled to neighbouring countries following the conflict, could now get help from the British Government.
These changes have come following new guidelines from the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated: ‘It is vitally important that we focus our support on the most vulnerable refugees in the region who have fled the atrocities in Syria, whatever their nationality.’
The Syrian Relocation scheme was first introduced in 2014 and expanded in 2015 by David Cameron to allow 20,000 Syrian people refuge in the U.K
The re-settlement scheme was largely targeted at people living in refugee camps and since its introduction, 7,307 Syrian refugees have been brought to Britain. Half of these refugees have been children.
Although the Home Office have announced a decision to extend the scope of the scheme, this will not mean an increase in the 20,000 limit.
If you are affected by these changes or are seeking legal advice, please contact Salam Immigration for your free legal consultation.