Gateway Protection Programme - Refugee Council

Gateway Protection Programme

The Gateway Protection Programme helped to resettle the most vulnerable people from refugee camps across the globe. We welcome them and help them rebuild their lives in the UK.

Over 79.5 million people around the globe have had to flee their homes due to war and persecution. The Gateway Protection Programme was operated by the UN in partnership with the UK government.

Through the Gateway programme, we have resettled refugees who have fled crisis and human rights abuse in countries including:

  • Somalia
  • Myanmar
  • Sudan
  • Palestine
  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo


The Refugee Council resettled refugees in Hull and Sheffield via the scheme from 2006


refugees were estimated to be vulnerable and in need of resettlement in 2019


since 2004, the UK has resettled around 750 refugees each year

How we help refugees resettle

Refugees resettled via the Gateway programme have often spent decades in refugee camps – for some, it’s the only life they have known. We work with partners, including local authorities and community groups, to help them settle in to their new homes and neighbourhoods. This includes advice on accessing local community services, banking and transport, help finding accommodation, work, education and volunteering opportunities

Our staff and volunteers provide 12 months of intensive support in order to give refugees a strong foundation on which to rebuild their lives.

Resettled refugee stories

Partner with us to help resettle refugees

We partner with local organisations to provide long-term support for resettled refugees. Local authorities that have partnered with us on the Gateway programme say it can improve community cohesion and provide opportunities to improve general council services too. If your organisation is interested in helping provide services to refugees, please contact one of the teams below.

Contact details

Sheffield Resettlement Team

  • Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham: 01143990800
Contact details

Hull Resettlement Team

  • Hull and East Riding: 01482421120

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