Staffordshire’s final Syrian refugees arrive in Tamworth

July 5, 2018

STAFFORDSHIRE has welcomed the final refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS).

A total of four families have been placed in Tamworth, and are now settling into their new homes.

The arrivals come after months of work by Staffordshire County Council, district and borough councils, Refugee Action and Spring Housing to ensure the county has everything in place for the arrival of refugees.

This includes providing a safe and secure environment with access to adequate medical provision, suitable housing, and school places, if needed.

Following the successful resettlement of 51 Syrians in Staffordshire in 2016/17, and seven more families earlier this year, the latest arrivals are the final groups to be resettled in the county.

The people coming to the UK from Syria are fleeing a violent civil war that has meant the country’s infrastructure, healthcare, education and economy has been virtually destroyed.

Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “After successfully resettling refugees in other parts of the county, we have had some great support from Tamworth Borough Council, Refugee Action and Spring Housing, which has enabled us to resettle four families in the borough.

“This programme is about helping those refugees in the greatest need, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of torture and women and children who are most at risk.  As a county, we are doing all that we can to help.

“There have been a great deal of logistical details to sort out prior to their arrival, and we are only taking those we know we can safely and readily accommodate.  We hope that these people, who are most at risk and cannot be supported in their own country, are able to rebuild their lives and are able to integrate with local communities in the area.”