19th Sep, 2019

Final Syrian refugees to be rehomed in Worcester

A CAMPAIGN to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in Worcestershire will see the last remaining family rehomed in Worcester, the Observer can reveal.

The family of three will arrive in the Faithful City next month and they will be the last refugees to be resettled in the county under current plans put together by council leaders across Worcestershire.

Last year council chiefs announced they intended to resettle 50 refugees by the end of 2016 under the Syrian Resettlement Programme, and by November 47 refugees had already been resettled.

Worcester City Council, along with the county council and district councils, went ahead with the bid after the Government confirmed the full cost of supporting Syrian refugees will come from the Foreign Aid budget for the first 12 months.

The last remaining family to be resettled, along with the 13 other families already housed in the county, have been placed in privately rented housing to avoid any impact on Worcestershire’s already strained social housing supply.

A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said: “At the end of November 2016 we had resettled 47 refugees through the Syrian Resettlement Programme in Worcestershire.

“Families have been resettled in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester.

“An additional family of three is expected to arrive next month which will bring our total to 50 refugees fulfilling the commitment made by Worcestershire Leaders made back at the start of 2016.

“Discussions with partners are ongoing. However, no decision has been made with regards how many further refugees Worcestershire will take through the Syrian Resettlement Programme.”

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