The new UK Resettlement Scheme

The UK has resettled 20,080 vulnerable refugees through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) since the Government’s 20,000 commitment was made in 2015, providing safety to thousands of vulnerable refugees. Since 2015, local councils and support organisations from across the East of England have welcomed 1067 resettled refugees.

 

In March this year, the Government announced that the UK will continue to resettle vulnerable refugee adults and children in need of protection under the new global UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS). The Government confirmed it is committed to resettlement as a key safe and legal route within the upcoming reform of the asylum system. The Government stated the number of refugees to be resettled each year will depend on a variety of factors including local authorities’ capacity for supporting refugees and the extent to which Community Sponsorship continues to thrive, and that it will work with partners to assess the capacity during 2021/2022, whilst recovering from the pandemic.

 

The East of England Strategic Migration Partnership is working with the Home Office to confirm the pledges made by local councils in the East of England to accommodate households under the UK Resettlement Scheme. For further information please contact kate.odriscoll@eelga.gov.uk and enoch.kunarajah@eelga.go.uk