Sheffield thanked for welcoming 70 Syrian refugees

A banner welcoming refugees at St Catherine's Catholic Primary School in Sheffield
A banner welcoming refugees at St Catherine's Catholic Primary School in Sheffield
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The Government has thanked the people and politicians of Sheffield for welcoming Syrian refugees.

Seventy people fleeing the war-torn country have been resettled in the city under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme since the start of the year.

Nationally, the UK has resettled 4,162 Syrians, with 403 in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Immigration minister Robert Goodwill said: “The support of Sheffield Council and other local authorities has been paramount in helping us resettle so many vulnerable people who have fled conflict.

“The humanitarian crisis in Syria is unprecedented which is why we decided to undertake one of the largest resettlement schemes in the UK’s history.

“The hard work will continue throughout this parliament as we provide those who have been traumatised and damaged by war with a safe environment and the chance to rebuild their lives.”

Ministers have pledged to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrians by 2020. The Government fully funds the first year of any refugee's resettlement through the overseas aid budget. The scheme is voluntary, but so far 157 local authorities have signed up.

The Government has also set aside £10 million towards English language teaching, to help refugees integrate and find work once they settle in the UK.

Sheffield Council's cabinet member for housing Jayne Dunn said: “Sheffield is a welcoming and friendly city and we’ve always been proud to help refugees rebuild their lives here in Sheffield. We’re the fourth largest city in England and it’s important that we continue to help.

“We currently have an agreement to resettle 75 vulnerable people from Syria each year, as well as 75 from other war-torn countries. These are people who really need our help and are fleeing from war, persecution and other desperate situations.

“The Government provides the funding for this and we’re working with lots of private landlords and housing providers. Local charities also provide very good support and if anyone wants to help, I know they always welcome more volunteers and donations.”

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