Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme (SVRP)

In 2015 the UK Government made a commitment to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian people in need of protection over 5 years. This is in addition to those that the UK resettles under Gateway and Mandate and the thousands who receive protection in the UK under normal asylum procedures.

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme was launched in January 2014 to relocate Syrians to the UK. Priority given to victims of sexual violence, the elderly, torture victims and the disabled. The first group of individuals arrived in March 2014. After a public call, for the expansion of the scheme, the Government announced in September 2015 that it would commit to accepting up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the current parliament, by 2020.

Role of the local authorities

Prior to arriving in the UK recipients of the scheme are matched to local authorities and a tariff of associated costs for resettlement are funded through the international aid budget so as to limit financial pressure on local authorities.

Role of Coordinator

The Wales Refugee Resettlement Coordinator is the conduit between central government and local authorities, coordinating placements of Syrian refugees in Welsh local authorities.

What Syrian refugees receive:

  • 5 Years humanitarian protection
  • Ability to apply for family reunification under immigration rules
  • After 5 years, the ability to apply for permanent settlement

If you would like to help or donate in any way you can do so through:

For further information on the programme contact Emma-Louise Maher, Wales Refugee Resettlement Co-ordinator, on  or by calling 02920 468663.

Published on: 09 March 2017