SESPM coordinates strategic engagement and the regional delivery of resettlement programmes. These include the UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) for those recognised as highly vulnerable refugees and others arriving through schemes such as route opened in January 2021 for Hong Kong British Nationals Overseas (BNOs).
We work with key government departments, local authorities and civil society in delivering the regions engagement and support of these schemes.
The South East has played a highly significant role in UKRS and it’s predecessors and is set to respond in a similar way to those arriving here on the Hong Kong BNO route.
In addition to the local authority-led model for refugee resettlement, SESPM is assisting in providing information and raising awareness about the Community Sponsorship model. Full community sponsorship is a way that community groups can be involved in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable people fleeing conflict. SESPM works alongside RESET, a new charity partnering with leading refugee, faith and community charities to promote community sponsorship across the UK.
A new process for emergency resettlement will also be developed, allowing the UK to respond quickly to instances of heightened protection need, providing a faster route to protection where lives are at risk. Click here to access the full Ministerial written statement and here to access the Government’s press statement.