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Belper Refugee Welcome are applying to welcome a refugee family to settle in Belper. The family will have fled their home for fear of persecution, and maybe war, and are deemed unable to return. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will have chosen them as suitable for resettlement in another country and unable to survive where they are currently living. This may be a refugee camp; it may be somewhere even more precarious.

 

This resettlement scheme with UNHCR is fully endorsed by the British Government.

 

Life in a new country presents many challenges – a new language to learn, unknown systems to navigate, a different cultural setting. But hopefully the family will find safety and the support to access medical care, sufficient food, schools and English language learning – and eventually the ability to work, earn and find their own way to become self sufficient.

 

Belper Refugee Welcome is putting in place the support in the community that it thinks will provide the best chances for a family. We have made our application to the Home Office, been approved and have now been allocated a family. We expect them to arrive in the Autumn. The family is Syrian.

 

Learn about Syria… Here is a link to an amazing resource on Syria produced by the International Organisation for Migration. The IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration and to promote international cooperation on migration issues. They look for practical solutions to migration problems and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

 

Here is their Syrian briefing. You won’t want to try and read it all at once but it’s something you can keep coming back to.

 

https://unitedkingdom.iom.int/information-sessions-resources

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PROJECT ALERT!!

 

We have moved to a membership system. We’ll still be updating this website regularly with our latest community events and stories from other Community Sponsorship groups but if you would like to keep in closer touch with news about the project, then you need to join as a member.

Go to the Contact Us page for information about joining. There’s information about how to become a volunteer with us there too.

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REFUGEES AND RESETTLEMENT

Surviving Winter in tented settlement in Fayda, Lebanon

 

There are many reasons why it might be too difficult or dangerous for people to stay in their own countries. People flee from violence, war, hunger, extreme poverty, because of their sexual or gender orientation, or from the consequences of climate change or other natural disasters. Often people will face a combination of these.

 

When a person flees their home country to seek safety elsewhere, they are known as an asylum seeker. They then start on a lengthy legal process to decide whether or not they qualify for refugee status. The definition of a refugee is set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention and, simply put,

 

  • A refugee is a person who has fled their country because they are at risk of serious human rights violations and persecution there. The risks to their safety and life were so great that they felt they had no choice but to leave and seek safety outside their own country because their government cannot or will not protect them from those dangers

 

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) seeks to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee worldwide. They work with partners and agencies to ensure that everybody has a right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country.

 

Some refugees live in perilous situations or have specific needs that cannot be addressed in the country where they have sought protection. In these circumstances, UNHCR helps resettle refugees to a third country. That country has to agree to take them and ultimately grant them permanent residence. There were 20.7 million refugees of concern to UNHCR around the world at the end of 2020, but less than one per cent of refugees are resettled each year.

 

The UK Government’s support of refugee resettlement has largely depended on the capacities of local authorities to house and support families. A targeted scheme existed to receive Syrian families but earlier this year a new scheme, with a global focus, and no targets, has replaced it. The UNHCR identifies those living in formal refugee camps, informal settlements and host communities who are in greatest need of assistance (including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk) and who would most benefit from resettlement in the UK and puts them forward. The Home Office then has to approve the family.

 

Local authorities are again being asked to assess their capacity to take such families.

 

Community Sponsorship – this is what we are seeking to do – is in addition to anything that local authorities offer directly. We are seeking to welcome just one family out of those 20.7 million people of concern to the UNHCR. They will choose the family for us, on the basis of its particular vulnerabilities, and what we have managed to put in place in terms of support. The UNHCR and Home Office will then oversee the family’s journey from their host country to the UK, and thus to us.

Making the world a better place through resettling refugees

"I am much more confident that the world will be a better place - soon!" Marian McNichol from the Settle Refugee Group talks about the makeup of their group and how knowing the support there is for refugee resettlement in Settle makes her proud of her community and hopeful for the future.

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