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Worcestershire taking in more refugees

Worcestershire's going to take in more Syrian refugees.

50 families have already been re-settled around the county.

The new joint ruling by the county, district and borough councils means another 50 families will now be allowed to move live in the area.

Worcestershire Leaders said: "Our first two families arrived 18 months ago and since then we have provided refuge to 14 families previously living in camps in countries neighbouring Syria.

"Families identified under the government’s scheme are some of the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict. This includes women and children at risk and survivors of torture and violence and we are proud to continue to play our part in housing those families that have been affected by the Syrian conflict.

"Government funding has enabled us to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place to support arriving refugees. We are also grateful to the support provided by volunteer groups across the county who are helping families to become independent and self-reliant and be happy in their new lives in Worcestershire."

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme was expanded by Government in 2015 and pledged to resettle 20,000 refugees in in the UK by 2020. 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.

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