Charity calls for more places for refugees

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A refugee offered a safe haven in Sheffield has spoken of how she has built a new life for herself in the city - at a time when a charity is calling for an increase in the number of places offered to refugees.

Rose, a Liberian refugee, was resettled from Guinea in 2004 and is now a qualified nurse working for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She said: “I had to leave Liberia after my grandfather’s village was attacked. Some of my relatives were killed. I lived in a refugee camp in Guinea for 12 years, it was depressing there.

“I’ve been very grateful to be able to come to the UK. I can’t even compare it to my life in the refugee camp. Not only have I survived, but I’ve made the most of every opportunity I’ve had.”

On the 10th anniversary of the UK resettling refugees under the UN’s Gateway Protection Programme, the Refugee Council has urged the Government to do more to help vulnerable people around the world

Under the GPP system, the UK accepts up to 750 refugees from around the world every year for resettlement.

The Home Office said it has accepted more than 3,000 since 2010.

Refugee Council chief executive Maurice Wren said: “Britain has a proud tradition of protecting refugees and in the last decade the UK Government has transformed thousands of lives through its resettlement programme.

“Resettlement is a vital protection tool for refugees whose lives and liberty are at risk.”