First 1,000 Syrian refugees arrive in Britain - Refugee Council
December 16, 2015

First 1,000 Syrian refugees arrive in Britain

The first 1,000 Syrian refugees being resettled in Britain have arrived in time for Christmas, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

This is the first step in the Government’s pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees directly from the region by 2020.

The new arrivals have been resettled up and down the country, from Brighton to Belfast and also in Yorkshire, where we’re helping refugee families settle in.

Responding to the news, Refugee Council Head of Advocacy Dr. Lisa Doyle said: “It’s great to hear that the first 1,000 Syrian refugees have taken their first steps into their new lives in safety.

“What we now need to see is the same eagerness to welcome refugees shown by communities across the country reflected by Government policies: resettling Syrian refugees is a great first step but Britain also needs to come forward and offer to help refugees arriving in Europe a route to safety too.”