Wales Refugee Resettlement Coordinator


The Refugee Resettlement Coordinator leads on the Wales-wide coordination of the UK Government resettlement schemes and community sponsorship, acting as a single point of contact for the Home office, local authorities, voluntary and community sector and other partners.


UK Government Resettlement Schemes

The Vulnerable Persons’ Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) was launched in January 2014 as the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. In September 2015 the scheme was expanded to resettle 20,000 refugees. In July 2017 the scope of the scheme was expanded to include other refugees who have fled Syria but do not have Syrian nationality (ends March 2020).

The Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS) was announced in April 2016, with the aim of resettling 3,000 vulnerable refugee children and their families from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region.

Community Sponsorship was launched in 2016 as part of the Government’s commitment to resettle the most vulnerable refugees in the UK. Community groups and civil society organisations work with local authorities to make a formal application to the Home Office to sponsor a family to resettle in the UK.

The new UK Resettlement Scheme, announced by the UK Government on 17th June 2019, will consolidate the existing VPRS, VCRS and Gateway Protection Programme. In addition to this single global scheme, a new process for emergency resettlement is being developed, allowing for the UK to respond quickly in instances when there is a heightened need for protection, providing a faster route to resettlement where lives are at risk.

For more information contact:  Emma Maher - Refugee Resettlement Coordinator 

Telephone: 02920 468663 or 07787 558244 Email:


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