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The region's response to the refugee crisis in 2016

The region's response to the refugee crisis in 2016

News item 22 December 2016:

Press release from Migration Yorkshire


Thursday, 22 December 2016

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER’S RESPONSE TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN 2016

A year ago, in response to the refugee crisis, councils across Yorkshire and Humber pledged to offer sanctuary to the region’s fair share of the 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees that the Government has committed to resettle in the UK. One year on, the region is well on its way to meeting its promise: it has welcomed 400 people in 2016, and nearly 700 in total since the start of the Syrian Civil War, with every council agreeing to support Syrian families in their area over the next two years.

Following the recent closure of the Calais camp, local councils have also been working with Government to support vulnerable refugee children. Around 30 unaccompanied girls and boys, some as young as 12, are being supported to start new lives in Yorkshire and Humber; another 50 children from the camp have been reunited with family members in the area.

“The people of Yorkshire and Humber have shown a warm welcome and offered practical support to refugee families and children this year, just as we have in previous humanitarian crises,” said Dave Brown, Head of Migration Yorkshire, the organisation coordinating Yorkshire and Humber’s response to the refugee crisis.

“The number of refugees in Yorkshire and Humber is very small compared to the 5 million people living here. But this second chance in life is invaluable to families escaping unimaginable trauma or torture, and to vulnerable children without parents who have been living in horrendous conditions in makeshift camps. They are getting on well and really appreciate the support they’re getting from our local communities.”

Figures released today by Migration Yorkshire show how many Syrian refugees have arrived in each locality under the Syrian Resettlement Programmes from 2014 up to the end of 2016:

 

Local authority

Total Syrian refugees resettled into Yorkshire and Humber

Barnsley

6

Bradford

188

Calderdale

29

Doncaster

0

East Riding of Yorkshire

26

Kingston Upon Hull

11

Kirklees

50

Leeds

125

North East Lincolnshire

12

North Lincolnshire

12

North Yorkshire

73

Rotherham

10

Sheffield

96

Wakefield

22

York

21

TOTAL Yorkshire and Humber

681


(ENDS)

 


Notes to editors

Syrian Resettlement Programme

The Government began the Syrian Resettlement Programme in 2014 intending initially to bring in up to 750 people a year. On 7 September 2015 it stated that the UK will bring in 20,000 Syrian refugees during the course of this parliament. Funding is provided by national government to cover all costs to local councils under the resettlement programme.

Councils in Yorkshire and Humber pledged to take their fair share of Syrian refugees as a region, with each council choosing their local numbers based on a number of factors. The total regional pledge is now around 1,700 individual refugees, to be resettled in family groups.

Calais children

The Government announced in October 2016 that the Calais camp would be closed with an agreement for a number of children to come to the UK. On 9 December 2016, the Government announced that the operation was complete and that 750 children have been brought to the UK from the Calais migrant camp.

About Migration Yorkshire

Migration Yorkshire is a local authority-led regional migration partnership that works with national government, local government, and others to ensure that Yorkshire and Humber can deal with, and benefit from, migration.

Website:   www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk   
Twitter:  @MigrationYorks
Phone:  0113 395 2434

Contact for media enquiries

Alli Spence, Information, Communications and Website Manager
Email: alli.spence@migrationyorkshire.org.uk 
 

 

 

 

 

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