First refugees from Syria welcomed to Kirklees

Syria refugees

Syria refugees

Kirklees has welcomed two families of refugees to the area, the families who are escaping persecution in Syria were identified as being some of those most in need of support.   The families were relocated to the area as part of the vulnerable persons relocation (VPR) scheme.

Cllr Graham Turner Cabinet member for resources and community safety said:

“The council are committed to ensuring that these families are provided with the support they need to allow them to start a safe, new life in Kirklees.

We have received funding from the government to help the families to get settled in as quickly as possible. However, these families have been through experiences that many of us simply couldn’t imagine,  and I know many local people are eager to show them support and help them feel at home.

One Community, the Kirklees Community Foundation, have launched a way for local people and businesses to make cash donations. The cash will be passed through to voluntary groups working directly with vulnerable migrants (form around the world) who are living in Kirklees. Anyone wanting to make a donation can visit the Foundation’s website:

We also know that there are many more families trying to escape the war in Syria and anyone who wants to help support those still oversees can find out how by reading our article on Syrian Refugees – how you can help.”

I would just like to thank our officers for all the hard work and time they have committed in ensuring everything was in place for the arrival of the families, it’s important that now all work together to help these families rebuild their lives.”


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