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11 September 2015

EMC update on Refugee Announcements

In his statement to the House of Commons on Monday 7 September, the Prime Minister announced that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the rest of the Parliament. These refugees will be taken from the camps in the countries neighbouring Syria using the established UNHCR process for identifying and resettling refugees. The Prime Minister also announced that the criteria for the existing Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme will be expanded. The details of the proposals are yet to be announced. The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership is working with the Home Office, LGA, local authorities and other key stakeholders to put in place the arrangements to house and support refugees as the process emerges. The cost of supporting the refugees in their first year in Britain will be funded from foreign aid spending.

The Migration pages of the East Midlands Councils website will be updated as we progress - www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Refugee-Resettlement  Information is also available on the LGA website Refugees | Local Government Association

In response to public offers of accommodation, in the first instance, council private sector housing teams might want to collate the details so that once we have further information from government on who will be arriving in the UK and when, you can assess whether you can make use of their offer to provide housing. For the many other offers (such as local people wanting to make a donation or offer assistance in kind) you may want to direct people to the local and national charities which are offering support to refugees already in the UK. This will ensure that the support provided is tailored to vulnerable people's needs in the most appropriate way. Significant or substantive offers of assistance can be referred to the Home Office.

The Officer to contact is Sarah Short sarah.short@emcouncils.gov.uk

The British Red Cross - Support Helpline

The British Red Cross has launched a helpline to answer the public's questions on how they can support the refugee crisis.

Europe Refugee Crisis Support Line number: 0800 107 8727

Supported by the Home Office the line will help signpost members of the public to the agencies that can best help them get involved in responding to the crisis, from donating goods, to offering accommodation.

The helpline will be staffed daily from 9am - 7pm.

Alex Fraser, Head of Refugee services at the British Red Cross said 'We have been overwhelmed by the British public's response to this crisis.  This help line will help to point members of the public to the agencies who can best make use of the many and varied offers of support we are receiving.'

More information is also available on https://www.gov.uk/government/news/syria-refugees-what-you-can-do-to-help--2 

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