Today’s announcement marks the UK’s continued commitment to resettling refugees in need of protection, and the Home Office’s commitment to enable community sponsors to continue welcoming and supporting refugees. A significant development of today’s announcement is that refugees resettled through Community Sponsorship will be in addition to the Government’s resettlement commitment.
From 2020, the new resettlement scheme will consolidate the Vulnerable Persons’ Resettlement Scheme, the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme and the Gateway Protection Programme into one global scheme.
The new programme will be simpler to operate and provide greater consistency in the way that the UK Government resettles refugees. It will broaden the geographical focus beyond the Middle East and North Africa, allowing for greater flexibility in how the UK responds to humanitarian crises.
It is recognised the positive difference community sponsorship has made to the lives of refugees resettled in the UK, and to the communities that have welcomed them. Today the Home Secretary met with faith leaders on resettlement, asylum, and faith-based persecution, and the Immigration Minister also met with resettled refugees in Lambeth and those who support their integration into communities. The Home Office takes pride in the positive and collaborative relationship that it has with community sponsors. and appreciates the valuable input that your groups have had in supporting its development. The development of community sponsorship is only made possible by the dedication, hard work and compassion of community sponsor groups across the UK.