Syrian Resettlement Programme (VPRS) - Refugee Council

Syrian Resettlement Programme (VPRS)

We welcome Syrians who are resettled to the UK, ensuring they have the support they need to rebuild their lives in their new communities.

The Syrian Resettlement Programme aims to help the most vulnerable – survivors of torture, people with serious medical conditions, and women with children. They are identified by the UN then screened by the Home Office before being resettled in the UK.

Refugees given priority by the programme include:

  • Women, children and adolescents at risk of violence or exploitation
  • Survivors of violence and torture
  • Refugees with legal or physical protection needs
  • Those with special medical needs or disabilities
  • People at risk due to their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Refugees with family links in the UK

20,000

The number of Syrian refugees the government has committed to resettle by 2020 following our campaign

How we help Syrian refugees resettle

We provide specialist support, resettling Syrian refugees across Yorkshire & Humberside and Hertfordshire. We work in partnership with local councils, community groups and other organisations to give refugees all the support they need.

Our staff and volunteers help individuals or families for up to five years. After the first year of intensive support, they are given ongoing support via our Independent Living Advice Service (ILAS). Available five days a week via a hotline, this is designed to meet refugees’ wider needs regarding life in the UK. It includes one to one support from ILAS support workers as well monthly group briefings on topics including basic IT skills and healthy eating.

7,307

people had been resettled under the scheme by March 2017 – half were children

Resettled refugee stories


Partner with us to help resettle refugees

We work with an amazing range organisations and groups who are committed to helping Syrian refugees rebuild their lives in the UK. If you would like your organisation to get involved, contact one of the teams below.

Contact details

Hull Resettlement Team

  • Hull and East Riding: 01482421120
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Sheffield Resettlement Team

  • Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham: 01143990800
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Leeds Resettlement Team

  • Leeds, Wakefield, York & North Yorkshire: 01132449404
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Hertfordshire Resettlement Team

  • 02073461275

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