The Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) was launched in January 2014 to relocate those made vulnerable by the Syrian conflict to the UK. In September 2015, the then Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the scheme would be expanded to see the resettlement of 20,000 individuals by May 2020. Within central government, the departments with responsibility for meeting this commitment are the Home Office, the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Internationally, VPRS is delivered by partners the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).UNHCR’s responsibilities include the consideration and identification of families for resettlement and IOM’s include medical assessments and movement operations.

Who is resettled through the VPRS?
The VPRS provides sanctuary for some of the most vulnerable displaced Syrians, and this is done according to seven UNHCR vulnerability criteria: those requiring urgent medical treatment; survivors of violence and torture; children and adolescents at risk; women and girls at risk; those with physical protection needs; those with a lack of foreseeable alternative durable solutions; and family reunification. VPRS resettles from five countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where Syrian refugees have been initially displaced to. These are Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.
The West Midlands response
In the West Midlands, the vast majority of local authorities have welcomed refugees through the VPRS, since as early as 2014. The region continues to carry out its commitment in supporting the Government to meet its target by the year 2020. For up to date national and regional data, please go to
Role of local authority
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Role of WMSMP
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What do resettled refugees receive
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