The Civil War in Syria has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. The Prime Minister announced in September 2015 that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the rest of the Parliament. These will be some of the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict in Syria.
Councils across the country have been asked by the Home Office to bid to take part in the scheme by agreeing to resettle a number of refugees in their area.
In January 2016 leaders of Worcestershire County, Bromsgrove District, Malvern Hills District, Redditch Borough, Worcester City, Wychavon District and Wyre Forest District Councils agreed to go ahead with a formal bid to the Home Office to relocate Syrian refugees across the county.
50 refugees were resettled across Redditch, Wyre Forest and Worcester in 2016/17.
In February 2018 Council leaders across Worcestershire agreed to relocate more Syrian refugees across the county and have committed to hosting up to 50 Syrian refugees. The aim is to resettle refugee families in different areas of the county.
Families will continue to be housed within the private rented sector, to minimise the impact on social housing supply and other vulnerable groups, with the first of the new arrivals not expected until the autumn 2018.
We've received a lot of questions and offers of assistance from members of the public.
For more information about the Syrian Resettlement programme please take a look at our frequently asked questions.