Ceredigion has decided to accept the Home Office’s invitation to become a ‘Trailblazer Authority’ in supporting the Syrian refugees.
This decision was made during the second meeting of the Syrian Refugees Task and Finish Group on Wednesday 14 October 2015.
Ceredigion will become one of the first counties in Wales to be able to accept the refugees during Phase 1 of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The first refugees are expected to arrive in Aberystwyth before Christmas. A limited number of properties from the private sector have been identified and tenancies will be managed by a voluntary organisation. This arrangement means that there is no intention to place the refugees in social housing.
Positive discussions are ongoing with the Home Office to confirm funding and support for these arrangements.
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Chairman of the Group and Council Leader, said: “In becoming a Trailblazer Authority, Ceredigion is able to contribute to the Wales wide efforts as early as possible to support the refugees. All of the partners who are part of the Task and Finish Group continue to work together in aid of these efforts, and the arrangements for receiving refugees are developing well. The support that has been shown by Ceredigion residents for the refugees is very heartening as we seek to help in the response to this emergency.”
The Task and Finish Group represents the partnership approach coordinated and lead by Ceredigion County Council as part of the Local Service Board, with representatives of each relevant partner organisations forming part of the Group.
Possible arrivals have been identified by the UNHCR from refugee camps in the Middle East and referred through the Home Office scheme to provide homes for up to 20,000 refugees in the UK.