Another Syrian refugee family to call Welwyn Hatfield home

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 November 2018

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A family of five Syrian refugees are set to call Welwyn Hatfield Borough home from next month.

Further arrivals through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme are expected before it concludes in March 2020, with 11 people from two families already resettled in the borough.

The council agreed to participate in the nationwide scheme in April 2016 with an initial resettlement target of 10.

A third family, which has links to other families resettled in neighbouring boroughs, has now been accepted and is due to arrive during December.

With their arrival, 16 people will have been relocated to Welwyn Hatfield from refugee camps.

The council has confirmed it will continue to participate by resettling further families before the scheme concludes in March 2020.

“We’re really pleased to have played our part in helping vulnerable families resettle and integrate into our communities,” a Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council spokesperson said.

“Further support will be offered to families who remain in the camps and have links to those already living in Welwyn Hatfield, or neighbouring boroughs.

“We’ve made this commitment to 2020 and expect to help resettle a similar number of families from when our local scheme first started in 2016.”

The first Syrian family arrived in the borough in June last year. The next resettled in February.

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, which is run in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was set up in 2014 and expanded in September the following year.

Backed by the Refugee Council, the scheme aims to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrian people from the Middle East and North Africa region in the UK.

All Hertfordshire boroughs except Broxbourne agreed to take in refugees and several families have since arrived in the county.

Through the scheme, the UNHCR identifies and submits for consideration cases that meet the criteria set by the UK.

The Refugee Council provides the logistical support and services for the relocation and the borough council makes available a furnished property for them to live in.

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