Newham Council praised for resettling Syrian refugees
PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 18:09 02 December 2016
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Newham Council has been thanked by the government for supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Of the 173 refugees to come to London under the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme, 26 have been housed in Newham.
Immigration minister Robert Goodwill said: “The support of Newham and other local authorities has been paramount in helping us resettle so many vulnerable people who have fled conflict.
“The humanitarian crisis in Syria is unprecedented which is why we decided to undertake one of the largest resettlement schemes in the UK’s history.
“The hard work will continue throughout this parliament as we provide those who have been traumatised and damaged by war with a safe environment and the chance to rebuild their lives.”
The first year of resettlement under the scheme is fully funded by the government’s overseas aid budget. Participation is voluntary, with 157 local authorities across the country taking in a total of 4,162 refugees.
The government has also provided authorities with £10million of English language funding to help the Syrian families find work and gain independence.
A Newham Council spokeswoman said: “It is great the Home Office has recognised the hard work of our council officers to find homes for these families and ensure they settle down into their new communities.
“This has not been easy due to a combination of government cuts and London’s housing crisis which has led to an acute shortage of affordable housing accommodation.
“Our efforts to help even more families are ongoing and we will continue to work closely with the Home Office to do all we can.”
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