To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the New Plan for Immigration, if she will publish new safe and legal routes and resettlement targets for refugees seeking safety in the UK.
14 June 2021
As set out in the New Plan for Immigration we will strengthen our safe and legal routes to the UK for refugees in need of protection, including refugee resettlement. Through the UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) we continue to welcome vulnerable refugees in need of protection to the UK as well as through other safe and legal routes such as Refugee Family Reunion. Since 2015 we have resettled over 25,000 refugees through our resettlement schemes, in addition to granting over 29,000 Refugee Family Reunion visas in the last 5 years. The number of refugees we resettle every year depends on a variety of factors including local authorities’ capacity and the extent to which Community Sponsorship continues to thrive. This year, we continue to work closely with local authorities, community sponsor groups, and our international partners to enable refugee resettlement to continue as we recover from the pandemic.