The resettlement of vulnerable refugees in Bristol

The resettlement of vulnerable refugees in Bristol

Information about the resettlement of vulnerable refugees in Bristol.

Bristol City Council is working with the Home Office to support the resettlement of vulnerable refugees. 

Bristol Resettlement Team

The Bristol Refugee Resettlement Team (previously called the Syrian Resettlement Team) was established in January 2016.

The Refugee Resettlement Team works with landlords to identify private sector housing for refugee families. The team supports resettled refugee families.

How to help

To offer donations, contact AidBoxCommunity or see the AidBoxCommunity Facebook page. They can tell you which items they need.

To volunteer, visit Help refugees who have come to the UK on GOV.UK.

In Bristol, we're currently contracting for a voluntary sector organisation to support volunteers for our refugee families. This means volunteering opportunities will increase from December 2021.

If you'd like to volunteer in December 2021, register your interest on Help refugees who have come to the UK on GOV.UK.

Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP)

In preparation for the withdrawal of UK troops in Afghanistan, the Home Office established the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP). ARAP offers the opportunity for resettlement to locally employed staff and their families who worked for the UK government in Afghanistan. 

The Home Office is funding and coordinating support to Afghan refugee families on ARAP. ARAP is open to eligible current or former locally employed staff who are assessed to be under serious threat to life. Bristol has pledged to resettle 15 families under this scheme. 

The Refugee Resettlement Team needs to work with 15 landlords to identify private sector accommodation to house these 15 refugee families. If you're a landlord, contact us

Bridging Hotel

While Afghan families are awaiting resettlement in the UK with a local authority, the Home Office provides them with hotel accommodation. The Bristol Refugee Resettlement Team supports the Home Office with this.

The Afghan resettlement programme has drawn on existing multi-agency work in the city with people seeking asylum or refuge. This includes a programme board and a weekly multi agency forum which reviews the delivery and assurance of work to provide sanctuary.

The local authority and third sector partners are responsible for housing, education and welfare.

The Bristol public health team with Public Health England are responsible for the management of communicable disease. Central to this work from a health perspective is the work of Haven, a Bristol primary care team who are well established and highly experienced in working with people seeking asylum and fleeing persecution. This team provides direct services and supports other medical and health professionals to deliver safe and appropriate healthcare.

Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS)

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is a new scheme launched by the Home Office for those who have helped the UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for:

  • democracy
  • women's rights and freedom of speech
  • the rule of law, such as judges, women's rights activists and journalists
  • vulnerable people, such as women and girls at risk and minority groups at risk (including religious minorities and LGBTQ+ people)

The Home Office is funding and coordinating support to Afghan refugee families on ACRS.

We want to support this scheme. The Refugee Resettlement Team needs to work with landlords to help identify private sector accommodation to house these refugee families. If you're a landlord, contact us.

UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS)

The Home Office established the UKRS to identify the most vulnerable refugees who have been assessed for resettlement by UNHCR. These vulnerable refugees are nominated for resettlement in the UK mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, but also from refugee camps in other areas.

This scheme replaces the:

  • Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme 2016 to 2021, which resettled 20,000 people in the UK, 328 of whom were resettled in Bristol
  • Resettlement of Vulnerable Children Scheme 2017 to 2021, which resettled 3,000 people in the UK, 106 of whom were resettled in Bristol

Bristol has pledged to resettle 15 families as part of the new UKRS. This means the Refugee Resettlement Team need to work with 15 landlords to identify private sector accommodation to house these 15 refugee families.

If you're a landlord who's looking for a long term let with support to manage the tenancy, contact us.

The Bristol Offer

The Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme film highlights the importance of resettlement.