As part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Scheme, Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders unanimously agreed in October 2015 to take up to 200 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Those coming to Suffolk and across the UK are those at severe risk of harm or death. Plans are in place to bring 20,000 refugees to the UK via the scheme.
A task group which includes representatives from local authorities, health, police and the voluntary and faith sectors has been set up to put in place appropriate housing, education, health and support services provision.
Due to the location of suitable housing, health, education and support services the refugees will be settled predominantly in the greater Ipswich area. Housing will predominantly be via private sector landlords.
Members of the task group work with the Home Office to agree the families which come to Suffolk based on the services and facilities we are able to offer. Security and health checks are carried out on all those being considered for resettlement before they arrive in the UK. Refugees will have leave to remain for five years on humanitarian grounds, this includes the ability to work.
For more information about what Suffolk is doing to support Syrian refugees, including a series of FAQs and details of how to donate furniture or electrical items visit the Suffolk Refugee Support website or call the number provided on this page under Contact Details.
At a Council meeting on 31st October 2012 it was resolved that Ipswich would serve as a "Town of Sanctuary" for genuine asylum seekers and refugees. View minutes of the meeting.