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Helping the resettlement of refugees

London has a proud history of providing refuge to those seeking sanctuary, and we welcome the Government’s commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

With the Mayor's new community sponsorship scheme, we'll be working with local communities to boost offers of affordable private housing as well as more sponsorship, job and education opportunities for refugees.

What we're doing

We are developing a community sponsorship scheme, with the help of our partners and grant funding from the Home Office. 

This scheme will bring together all the expertise and goodwill in London, to support Syrian refugees to rebuild their lives in London and thrive in their local community. We'll look at how Londoners can work together to offer affordable accommodation, employment opportunities and support adapting to life in London.

We have also published research on the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) needs of Syrian refugees and ESOL training that is already provided in London.

We think there is a real opportunity for London’s boroughs, communities and businesses to help some of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria.

What you can do

Right now we’re recruiting a new co-ordinator to work on the re-settlement of Syrian refugees with partners across London. Over the next few months, local communities will also be able to get involved with new opportunities to support refugees.

In the meantime, there are many ways you can help Syrian refugees, as part of the Government's Resettlement Scheme:

  • donating goods, services or your time locally
  • offering community sponsorship
  • giving to charity
  • volunteering