Between December 2015 and October 2018 Asylum Welcome provided a package of support for 30 Syrian families brought to Oxford under the government's programme of resettlement from camps in Lebanon and Jordan. This programme is now paused and no new arrivals are planned, but Asylum Welcome continues to work with the families that have arrived on the programme.
Why do we run this service?
The government announced in early September 2015 that the UK would take 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps in Turkey and the Middle East, the first 1000 of whom are to arrive before Christmas. The government called upon local authorities around the U.K. to offer accommodation and support to these Syrian refugees. Councils in Oxfordshire expressed a willingness to help.
Asylum Welcome knows that refugees arriving on such programmes need special help, and its staff have experience of previous programmes. Asylum Welcome has been grateful for the opportunity to support the efforts of the local authorities by sharing its knowledge and by undertaking to run special services for resettled Syrians, so that they get the best possible chance of settling successfully.
Who is this for?
Syrian refugees resettled under the government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.
How to find out more
Between 2015 and 2018 Asylum Welcome employed a specialist to co-ordinate this service but that post has now ended. Any queries should be directed to our Welcome Centre.
Information is also available from Oxford City Council and the other district councils in Oxfordshire.
What does the service offer?
- When the families arrived Asylum Welcome met them at UK airports and took them to their new homes which had been furnished and stocked by our volunteers and supporters. We ran an orientation programme, started English lessons and made sure they were registered with doctors, schools, etc. and had applied for benefits.
- Now, we continue to provide general advice, English lessons, employment support, and help with travel and family reunion applications.
Who are our partners?
Asylum Welcome has a contract with Oxford City Council to provide services to Syrians arriving on the resettlement programme.
We are working closely with another local charity Connection Support who also provide long-term support to the Syrian families in partnership with the city council.
How can you help?
- Please consider donating funds to support the continuing needs of Syrian refugees in Oxford.