UK accepts first 1,000 Syrian refugees

    UK accepts first 1,000 Syrian refugees

    Dec 21, London: First 1,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the United Kingdom since the British government’s September decision to resettle 20,000 Syrians from Middle Eastern refugee camps by the year 2020.

    Under the UK government’s vulnerable persons resettlement scheme, IOM, in coordination with UNHCR and the governments of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, is playing a key role in realizing this goal. 

    IOM arranges their travel, including flights, and provides translators and escorts to ensure that the refugees arrive safely. Since September, Syrian refugees have been arriving on charter and scheduled flights at locations throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Moussa, 33, a Syrian refugee slated for resettlement in the UK told IOM: “I am really excited to be coming to the UK.  My dream is to have a better life for me and my family. I have a new born baby.  I want to learn the language to work and forget about all the bad memories of Syria.”

    The Oslo Times


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