Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Syrian Refugees

On Wednesday Nick Clegg  confirmed that the UK will be providing refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. We will provide refuge for some of those most traumatised by the crisis, such as vulnerable women or children.

Nick said: “I am pleased to be able to announce today that the UK will be providing refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

“The Coalition Government wants to play our part in helping to alleviate the immense suffering in Syria.

“The £600m we have provided makes us the second largest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid in the world.

“But as the conflict continues to force millions of Syrians from their homes, we need to make sure we are doing everything we can.

“We are one of the most open hearted countries in the world and I believe we have a moral responsibility to help.  

“The UN High Commission for Refugees – which backs our new resettlement programme – has said the highest priority should go to women and girls who have experienced or are at risk of sexual violence; the elderly; survivors of torture and individuals with disabilities, so that’s who we’ll target.”

  • We have not set a quota for the number of refugees we will take. We are not focused on a target, we’re focused on helping the most vulnerable. For example, the UNHCR currently has a handful of very difficult cases that they need urgent help with. But the overall is likely to be in the hundreds.
  • We will work with UNHCR to look at the individuals involved on a case-by-case basis, for those most in need.
  • We expect them to be identified and come to this country over a steady period over the coming months and year.
  • The UK has already committed £600m in humanitarian aid to help alleviate the immense suffering in Syria – making us the second largest bilateral donor.
  • More than 11.5 million Syrians are now in need of help - either in Syria or neighbouring countries - and our priority has been providing food, shelter and medical treatment in the region.