16 Mar The Home Secretary has met Syrian families given refuge in the UK
Amber Rudd this week travelled to Ashford to meet men, women and children as they learned English and job skills to help them find work, gain independence and rebuild their lives.
Ashford Borough Council was one of the first local authorities to volunteer to get involved with the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme following its expansion in 2015.
Under the scheme, refugees have been brought to the UK from the region around Syria, including from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“I was struck by the strength and resilience of these families who have suffered such trauma and heartbreak.
But I am also proud that the UK has been able to bring them here, so they can begin to turn their lives around.”
“Ashford is an example of how Britain is welcoming and supporting those in need of our help. This training is providing a real difference in helping people establish themselves in their new communities.”
More than 5,000 people have been brought to the UK under the VPR scheme but we will continue to work to bring the most vulnerable to this country, to meet our commitment to bring 20,000 from the region.