More than 80 Syrian refugees are being welcomed into Nottinghamshire today (December 14) as part of the government’s ‘national resettlement scheme’.
The 81 Syrians will seek refuge in homes across the county as they flee from Islamist extremists, ISIS.
Gedling Borough Council Chief Executive John Robinson, who has been leading on the preparations, said: “The 18 families that are joining us, many of which have young children, have endured significant hardship and suffering.
“Nottinghamshire has a proud history of supporting the most vulnerable in our society and the many offers of support that have already been received is an indication of the generosity and warm welcome that will be offered.”
The existing Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, in place since early 2014, has been expanded, with an additional 20,000 people currently living in camps in Syria, Turkey and Jordan being resettled in homes across the UK by 2020.
The refugees have been granted leave to remain for five years, after which they can apply to settle permanently in the UK.