4,162 Syrian refugees have been resettled to the UK in one year with IOM assistance

December 1, 2016 - Figures released today by the Home Office show that 4,162 Syrian refugees were granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPR) in the YE September 2016.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working continuously, in partnership with the UK Government, UNHCR and local authorities in the country to support the resettlement and integration of Syrian refugees.

“Resettlement offers a noble humanitarian durable solution for those in need of international protection. With a little over 21 million registered refugees with UN and nearly 65 million forcibly displaced, the need has never been greater. With over 4,000 Syrian refugees resettled in a year from the initiation of UK’s Syrian resettlement scheme last September, IOM remains committed to work closely with UNHCR, partners and the UK Government to resettle the most vulnerable Syrian refugees to the UK”, says Dipti Pardeshi, IOM UK’s Chief of Mission.

Since March 2011, more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed and 4.8 million have been forced to flee the country. In 2016, an estimated 13.5 million people, including 6 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance. The UNHCR states that the five countries neighbouring Syria host 97% of the refugees.

Resettlement is a sometimes unrecognised, yet compelling instrument and a symbol of international solidarity when searching for a solution for refugees who are unable to return to their country of origin and do not have the option to stay in the country of asylum. Given the ongoing situation in Syria and the influx of Syrians to the neighbouring countries, resettlement in countries like the UK is the only option for many of the most vulnerable refugees.

For more than 60 years, IOM has played a vital role in refugee resettlement around the world. IOM’s partnership with the UK Government through the SVPR meets the organisation’s wider objective of providing safe and humane migration management to vulnerable refugees, and its commitment to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

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For more information, please contact Christopher Gaul (cgaul@iom.int) or Gabriela Boeing (gboeing@iom.int) 020 7811 6000

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