House of Commons
Refugee resettlement
EDM #606
Tabled 15 June 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes that there are an estimated 26 million refugees and 3.5 million asylum seekers around the world today; celebrates the successful resettlement of 20,000 refugees in the UK since 2014 under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS); notes that the Government committed to resettle a further 3,000 refugees under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS) by 2020, but that as of 31st March 2020 only 1,826 people had been resettled under the VCRS, including just 1,055 children; regrets that the Government has not yet set out details of the new global resettlement programme it has announced to replace the VPRS, VCRS and the Gateway Protection Programme; further regrets that the Government has not made a new commitment to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from elsewhere in Europe following the closure of the scheme under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016; believes that the UK must continue to provide safe, legal routes to sanctuary for refugees; and calls on the Government to urgently set out a new long-term commitment to continue resettling vulnerable refugees in the UK and to commit to resettling a further 10,000 refugee children from elsewhere in Europe over the next 10 years.