Families fleeing terror set for sanctuary in Plymouth

Fifteen families fleeing from conflict are set to be welcomed to Plymouth.

This follows the Council’s decision to participate in the first year of the government-backed Global Refugee Resettlement Scheme.

The Council had already committed to accepting 200 refugees by March 2020; 150 people through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 50 people through the Vulnerable Children’s Scheme.

The new scheme is an amalgamation of the above two schemes and broadens geographical focus beyond the Middle East and North Africa region to allow the UK to be better placed to swiftly respond to international crises.

In all, the scheme will see 5,000 refugees resettled nationally.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development, said: “These people have lost everything. Absolutely everything. They come here with no more than the clothes on their back and I am proud that we are able to open our arms and welcome them here to our city.

“Plymouth is a welcoming city; a compassionate city and I look forward to personally meeting and greeting the newest members of our community.”

Plymouth is officially designated as a City of Sanctuary and the Council’s involvement in the scheme reflects this continuing commitment.

It is also backed up by the Council’s pledge 78 to provide shelter and support for those fleeing terror, conflict and famine.