County to welcome Syrian families before Christmas

9 December 2015

Syrian

Neath Port Talbot is to become the new home for five Syrian families before Christmas as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) Programme that aims to welcome refugee families that have fled the conflict in Syria.

The county borough is one of four Welsh counties to welcome Syrian refugees this year. A spokesperson confirmed the plans by stating that “Neath Port Talbot Council is playing its part in delivering the UK Government’s commitment to take in Syrian refugees displaced by the ongoing civil war in the country”.

“The council has previously announced that it will rehome up to 10 Syrian families and it is currently working alongside partner agencies to make the necessary arrangements for five families who will be arriving before Christmas.

“All those placed through the scheme in Neath Port Talbot are young families who have been affected by, and witnessed first-hand, the conflict in Syria.

“They have come directly from refugee camps in neighbouring countries and have been subject to a thorough two-stage security vetting process prior to their arrival.

“Regardless of the challenges we may face in terms of austerity, we have a moral duty to offer our support and contribute to the humanitarian response to the ongoing situation in Syria.”

The refugees’ arrival comes as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme which helps those granted asylum with five years Humanitarian Protection status and access to public funds, meaning they will be able to live, work and contribute to Welsh communities.

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