Staffordshire has welcomed the final two refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS).
The scheme has seen a total of 11 families—51 individuals—settled in Staffordshire, including children ranging from one to 17 years old.
The first families were welcomed to the county in March of this year, with the final 2 families arriving at the end of November.
The arrivals come after months of work by Staffordshire County Council, district and borough councils and charity Refugee Action to ensure the county has everything in place for the arrival of refugees.
This includes providing a safe and secure environment with access to adequate medical provision, suitable housing, and school places, if needed.
The people coming to the UK from Syria are fleeing a violent civil war that has meant the country’s infrastructure, healthcare, education and economy has been virtually destroyed.
County Councillor Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:
“Staffordshire has a proud history of helping those most in need, and at the beginning of this year we pledged to help those refugees requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of torture, and women and children who are most at risk.
“Now, we have seen more than 50 refugees start new lives in our county, thanks to the help from our local district and borough councils, as well as Refugee Action who have been overseeing the arrivals and ensuring they can settle well into their new environments.”
As well as accepting Syrian refugees to the county this year, and caring for 86 young asylum seekers, the county council will also be helping children arriving from camps in Calais.