Next month, Community Sponsorship Groups will welcome some of the first refugees to arrive in the UK since the pandemic began. We understand that this will mark the completion of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).
On 22nd January, Community Sponsorship Groups were told by the Home Office to get ready to welcome refugees beyond the completion of VPRS. Many communities around the country are excited and ready to step up. However, without any announcement from the government on the future shape of resettlement, they are also confused and reticent to move forward without knowing what they are preparing to be part of.
It’s crucial for all of those waiting – including refugees, Local Authorities, charities, and communities – that the government provides details on the future of safe and legal routes as quickly as possible.
We look forward to hearing more details soon. Listening to the perspectives of Community Sponsorship Groups, Lead Sponsors, the Community Sponsorship Council, and the team at Reset, there are 5 key things that we all want to see in the government’s plans: