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. London has now resettled more than 875 refugees through the Vulnerable Persons and Vulnerable Children Resettlement Schemes.

We are working with local communities to boost offers of affordable private housing as well as support more community sponsorship groups and broaden employment opportunities for refugees.

What we're doing

We are working with partners to bring together the expertise and goodwill in London, to support Syrian refugees to rebuild their lives and thrive in their local community. 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 businesses to help some of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing war and persecution. Anyone with refugee status in the UK has the right to work, and will have a National Insurance number and a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). We recently held a business breakfast to hear from leaders doing good work in this space. Employers discussed the usefulness of services like the free Government ‘Check a BRP’ service which checks the status of a refugee seeking employment. You can watch a short film about this event produced by International Observatory of Human Rights and hear directly from the former Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder.

Our work is also guided by input from London’s boroughs which directly resettle refugees, as well as the many active Community Sponsorship groups, listed below:

  • Enfield Refugee Welcome
  • De Beauvoir Welcomes Refugees
  • Muswell Hill Methodist Church Welcomes Syrian Families
  • Lambeth Palace
  • Salvation Army, Raynes Park
  • Hillsong
  • Sutton Deanery

We also held a special conversation morning, working with bilingual volunteers from various civil society groups, to hear directly from some of London’s resettled refugees. The event offered those still learning English a chance to discuss what was important to them, as well a chance to meet other Syrian Londoners from across the capital. 

What you can do

If you would like to offer an affordable property to a refugee family, you can contact your local council directly or offer it to a community sponsorship group. You can also help refugees by:

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