Yorkshire and Humberside is to welcome 1,500 refugees from Syria over the next five years, with 100 people being resettled before Christmas, Migration Yorkshire has confirmed.
The Refugee Council is working with local councils across Yorkshire, including in Sheffield, Hull and Leeds, to ensure that the new arrivals receive the specialist care and support they need in order to begin rebuilding their lives.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be helping to welcome Syrian families as they begin their new lives in safety.
We’ll be meeting arrivals at the airport and taking them to their new homes where we’ll be helping them to adapt to their new lives. We’ll be supporting Syrians throughout their first year in the country; offering personalised support and helping people access the job market, education, healthcare and mainstream services.
Refugee Council Head of Advocacy Dr. Lisa Doyle said: “Each Syrian refugee welcomed by Yorkshire will have their life transformed, if not saved by this programme.
“Communities across the region have a long history of welcoming refugees during their greatest hour of need so it’s fantastic to see the people of Yorkshire and Humberside upholding this proud tradition by open their hearts and doors to some of Syria’s most desperate refugees.”
The Refugee Council has long standing expertise in helping refugees resettle successfully in Yorkshire: since 2004 we’ve been supporting refugees from all over the world including Liberia, Burma, Congo, Iraq, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Bhutan.