Understanding the background to the SVPR (Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement) programme is important for the host communities and for professionals who will be supporting the new arrivals.
We include useful information about the programme from a variety of sources and evaluations of similar programmes.
- A community leaflet provides a brief explanation about "refugees" and the special circumstances of Syrian refugees. Syrian resettlement programme community leaflet, IRiS, 2016.
- These stories from The Washington Post provide a vivid insight into the plight of Syrian refugees.
- This government factsheet provides more detail about how the programme is running across the UK- SVPR programme- guidance for Local Authorities and partners, Home Office, 2015.
- Horton Housing in Bradford was the first provider to take Syrian refugees under the programme and this short guide explains their integration programme- Horton Housing, best practice guide for SVPR programme, Horton Housing, 2015.
- The Local Government Association has produced a guide for local authorities considering participation in the programme. Syrian refugee resettlement- A guide for local authorities, Local Government Association and Migration Yorkshire, 2016.
- The National Audit Office has reviewed initial progress of the programme which promises to take 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme, National Audit Office, 2016.
Help that a newly arrived refugee might need- Refugee Action, 2015
Community Welcome Plan- Citizens UK
Tell it like it is. The truth about Asylum- Refugee Council, 2015
Attitudes to migrants, Communication and Local Leadership. UK country report- COMPAS, 2012.
The programme is similar to the Gateway Protection Programme that has been running for over 10 years bringing small numbers of refugees to the UK from camps around the world. Gateway Protection Programme- Good practice guide, Refugee Council & Refugee Action, 2008. This programme has two evaluations: