Refugee schemes

Learn how Suffolk has agreed to take up to 230 refugees from the Middle East and North Africa by 2020 and find out how to donate household items.

As part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement and Vulnerable Children Resettlement Schemes, Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders have unanimously agreed to take up to 230 refugees from these two programmes by 2020. Those coming to Suffolk and across the UK are those at severe risk of harm or death or with serious medical conditions. Plans are in place to bring 23,000 refugees to the UK via these schemes.

A task group which includes representatives from local authorities, health, police and the voluntary and faith sectors co-ordinates the approach in Suffolk to provide appropriate housing, education, health and support services provision.

Due to the location of suitable housing, health, education and support services the refugees are being settled predominantly in the greater Ipswich area. Housing is being arranged 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.

Find out more

Visit and find:

  • what Suffolk is doing to support Syrian refugees
  • the latest on appeals for donations and volunteers*
  • a set of frequently asked questions

*Thank you for the kind offers received so far. Suffolk Refugee Support regularly update their website and Facebook page to show what household items they need and whether they are looking for any volunteers with particular skills.