Syrian Resettlement Programme (VPRS) - Refugee Council

Syrian Resettlement Programme (VPRS)

Resettlement offers one of the only routes to safety for vulnerable Syrians affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

During the current outbreak of COVID-19, we continue to support our clients remotely, having adapted our therapeutic service for the phone and online. For any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The Syrian Resettlement Programme aimed to help the most vulnerable – survivors of torture, people with serious medical conditions, and women with children. They were identified by the UN then screened by the Home Office before being resettled in the UK.

Refugees given priority by the programme include:

  • Women, children and adolescents at risk of violence or exploitation
  • Survivors of violence and torture
  • Refugees with legal or physical protection needs
  • Those with special medical needs or disabilities
  • People at risk due to their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Refugees with family links in the UK


The number of Syrian refugees the government committed to resettle by 2020 following our campaign

How we help Syrian refugees resettle

We provide specialist support, resettling Syrian refugees across Yorkshire & Humberside, Hertfordshire and Lewisham. We work in partnership with local councils, community groups and other organisations to give refugees all the support they need.

Our staff and volunteers help individuals or families for up to five years. After the first year of intensive support, they are given ongoing support via our Independent Living Advice Service (ILAS). Available five days a week via a hotline, this is designed to meet refugees’ wider needs regarding life in the UK. It includes one to one support from ILAS support workers as well monthly group briefings on topics including basic IT skills and healthy eating.


people had been resettled under the scheme by March 2021 – half were children

Resettled refugee stories

Partner with us to help resettle refugees

We work with an amazing range organisations and groups who are committed to helping Syrian refugees rebuild their lives in the UK. If you would like your organisation to get involved, contact one of the teams below.

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Hertfordshire Resettlement Team

  • 02073461275
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Hull Resettlement Team

  • Hull and East Riding: 01482421120
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Leeds Resettlement Team

  • Leeds, Wakefield, York & North Yorkshire: 01132449404
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Sheffield Resettlement Team

  • Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham: 01143990800

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