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The UK government has pledged to bring 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees to the UK by 2020. This pledge is being delivered through a national Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme and the Home Office is working with councils across the country to help provide places of safety for refugees. Cumbria will welcome just under 3,000 refugees between 2017 and 2020.
Cumbria County Council is the lead authority of a collective county-wide multi-agency approach to providing places of safety.
As part of the Government's National Transfer Scheme, Cumbria County Council has also agreed to offer support to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). This scheme has been established to help resettle unaccompanied children who are seeking asylum after leaving Calais or another European country.
For more information about Cumbria County Council's cabinet decision to act as lead authority for the provision of resettlement support for refugees under the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme, and to agree to sign the north west regional agreement to provide support to the National Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Transfer Scheme, go to the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Cumbria and support for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children page on the Cumbria County Council website.
To find out more, go to the frequently asked questions on the Cumbria County Council website.