Refugee schemes

Find out about how Suffolk is taking part in the UK Resettlement Scheme for refugees.

Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders unanimously agreed Suffolk should accept refugee families as part of the Government’s Vulnerable Person Resettlement and Vulnerable Children Resettlement Schemes. Between 2016 and 2020 we helped 30 families to settle in the UK. There was a pause in refugee resettlement during the Covid-19 response.

The government have revised their refugee resettlement criteria and the UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) has a global focus instead of the targeted area of the Middle East and North Africa under the previous resettlement schemes. The government will be working closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to target those in greatest need of assistance, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk. Suffolk has committed to receive refugee families under this new scheme.

A task group which includes representatives from local authorities, health and the voluntary and community 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, so far most of the refugees have been settled 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 which families 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.

Find out more

Visit Suffolk Refugee Support and find:

  • what Suffolk is doing to support resettled refugees
  • the latest on appeals for donations and volunteers
  • updates on the resettlement schemes

Suffolk Refugee Support regularly updates their website and Facebook page to show what help they need.