Reaction: UK's refugee scheme extended!
After a campaign running 12 months and spanning the country Citizens UK leaders are celebrating after hearing that the Government's refugee resettlement scheme is being extended.
Citizens UK leaders pledged to continue welcoming refugees in their communities.
Reverend Cathy Wiles, All Saints West Dulwich, said : “This morning we proudly welcomed Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes to our church to meet with refugee families and local organisations who have helped integrate 27 refugee families to our Borough of Lambeth."
"Today’s announcement is welcome news and means thousands of families, who desperately need this lifeline, can arrive in the UK via safe and legal routes. However, this should be the first step in a longer commitment if refugee resettlement, including Community Sponsorship, is to flourish.”
Leaders meet Caroline Nokes at a private visit to a South London Citizens church this morning
Barbara Wilson, Lambeth Refugees Welcomes and leader with Citizens UK, said : “We’re grateful that the Government today announced a one-year extension for the scheme and that families arriving via Community Sponsorship are additional to the overall Government target. We’re hopeful that this will act as a great incentive for more voluntary groups to take part in refugee resettlement and help bring families to safety.”
What the changes mean:
- We've been calling for an extension of the scheme and the Government has committed to a further 5,000 refugees in 2020/21 as part of a New Global Scheme which brings together existing VPRS and VCPR schemes. We're currently awaiting further details of exactly how this scheme will work.