Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme SVPRS. 

Aim, Purpose and Objectives of the service provided by BRASS

The overall objectives are to enable Syrian Refugee Families allocated to Bedford Borough through the ‘Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme’ to establish themselves within the community and

  • To provide the appropriate level of support to families to enable them to successfully sustain their accommodation and develop their independence

  • To provide structured and outcome focused support, with realistic goals set for the family

  • ​To work with other professionals (e.g. health, education, housing etc…) and signpost and liaise with such agencies where necessary

  • ​To contribute to the safeguarding of all family members

  • ​To deliver a culturally specific service that will meet the needs of the families

The National Picture

Government figures released on 22nd February 2018 that, by December 2017, roughly 10,500 refugees from the Syrian conflict have been resettled under the SVPRS. The vast majority were resettled since September 2015. Almost 5,000 were resettled in 2017, and roughly half of them were children.

570 people have been resettled under the SVCRS, 539 of whom were in 2017.

In addition to this, over 8,000 Syrian asylum seekers and their dependants were accepted refugees in the UK from 2011 to 2017. This means they applied for protection in the UK, rather than having been identified through a government scheme. Overall there were an estimated 119,000 refugees in the UK at the end of 2016, according to the UN.

Globally, there are 5.6 million refugees from Syria. 3.5 million are registered in Turkey, and a further two million are in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon according to the UNHCR. 63% of Syrian asylum applications in Europe were made to Germany or Sweden between April 2011 and December 2017.