Following my email via the Oxfam and Amnesty campaign regarding supporting refugees in Syria, I was pleased to reveive the following response from my local MP:
Thank you for your e-mail about refugees from the Syria crisis. I share your concerns about their plight and I believe that we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to help alleviate the immense suffering in this country.
The UK is leading the world in responding to the humanitarian disaster. We have provided £700 million for the Syrian relief effort so far, the most of any country other than the USA. This is helping to provide food, water and shelter to hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians every day.
The Vulnerable Persons Relocations scheme announced in January is up and running, and has already welcomed many Syrians to the UK. This scheme will make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable Syrians by giving them protection and support in the UK. The Government will continue to bring groups to the UK on a regular basis and envisages that several hundred people will be helped through this scheme over the next three years.
This is in addition to the asylum claims which the Government has been considering – and will continue to consider – under its normal rules. Since the crisis began we have taken in around 3,800 Syrian asylum seekers and we are a leading contributor to the EU’s Regional Protection Programme, which provides refugees with education, training, water and sanitation, and promotes improved access to basic rights and legal assistance.
I have provided for your interest, a link to the factsheet issued by the Department for International Development which details how the UK is supporting the Syrian people. You may access this at: http://tinyurl.com/o95u5el
This blog is for Unicef, thanks for reading.