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The UK has an ongoing commitment to refugee resettlement, offering places of safety to vulnerable refugees in need of protection.

The Home Office works with local authorities to deliver a range of resettlement schemes to support provide support to refugees from Syria, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Afghanistan and most recently Ukraine.

Cumbria has played its part by welcoming refugees since 2017, responding with a collective county-wide multi-agency approach. Cumbria County Council is the lead authority acting on behalf of the Cumbria Leaders Board. This was  agreed at the County Council Cabinet meeting on 15 December 2016.

Over 250 individuals have now been resettled across Cumbria.

Help for those fleeing Ukraine

There is more information on the help available to those fleeing the war in Ukraine, and how you can help on our Ukrainian refugees web page .

Further Information

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.

If you would like to make an offer of support, see information about refugees in Cumbria on the Cumbria County Council website or email .

To find out more, go to the Refugees in Cumbria  webpage on the Cumbria County Council website.


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