UNHCR welcomes UK’s decision to offer refuge to Syrian refugees
News Stories, 29 January 2014
London, January 28 (UNHCR) - Following the UK government’s announcement on offering refuge to Syrian refugees, UNHCR's Representative to the UK, Roland Schilling, said:
“We welcome the announcement of the UK government to provide refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees, in cooperation with UNHCR.
This decision will help to provide much needed solutions for vulnerable Syrian refugees many of whom have been deeply traumatized and face immense hardship. It is also a concrete and important gesture of solidarity and burden sharing with the countries neighbouring Syria as they continue to bear the brunt of the refugee crisis.
Today’s decision is an encouraging and important step, reaffirming the UK’s commitment and contribution to international relief efforts in support of more than 2.3 million Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them. UNHCR also recognises the UK’s generous contribution towards massive humanitarian needs in the region.
While awaiting the details of the government’s plan, UNHCR looks forward to working closely with the Home Office on the implementation of the UK resettlement programme."