Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme

Date published: 18 December 2015

Last updated: 20 February 2020

On 7 September 2015 the Prime Minister announced an additional 20,000 Syrian refugees would be resettled in the UK over the course of the current UK Parliament.

The First Minister and deputy First Minister signalled to the UK Government their willingness to welcome some of the most vulnerable refugees into Northern Ireland with 50 to 100 arriving on a phased basis from December 2015. The Department chairs the Reception and Resettlement Group comprising of statutory and voluntary and community organisations.

438 families comprising of 1814 individuals were resettled in Northern Ireland under the scheme.

This document provides briefing on the scheme and information on the last arrival of refugees which took place in February 2020.

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