Refugees: Syria:Written question - HL5517

Asked on: 21 February 2017
Home Office
Refugees: Syria
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied Syrian children will be admitted to the UK before the scheme under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 is ended; and what urgent action they are taking in place of that scheme to help vulnerable Syrian refugee children in Europe.
Answered on: 07 March 2017

The Government’s strategy is to resettle the most vulnerable directly from the regions; that is how we stop traffickers and smugglers from exploiting vulnerable people and children affected by conflict.

By the end of this Parliament, we will have resettled 20,000 Syrian nationals through our Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, one of the biggest resettlement schemes this country has ever undertaken, and a further 3,000 of the most vulnerable children and their families from the Middle East and North Africa region under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme.

We have also pledged over £2.3 billion in aid in response to the events in Syria and the region. We have also committed over £100m of humanitarian support to help alleviate the Mediterranean migration crisis in Europe and North Africa and we have established a £10 million Refugee Children Fund for Europe to support the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe.

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