Responding to a Birmingham Metropolis Council resolution to carry our Properties for Ukraine contract earlier than the Scrutiny Committee, Tim Naor Hilton, Chief Government of Refugee Motion, stated:
“We’ve a 40-year historical past of supporting refugees rebuild their lives in Birmingham and throughout the UK and have labored alongside town council to ship resettlement schemes for lots of of individuals and households who’ve fled warfare in Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine since 2016.
“We acknowledge there have been challenges and delays in delivering some companies to folks resettled within the Properties for Ukraine scheme and to hosts who’ve generously opened their properties to them.
“Whereas we’ve spent years serving to Syrian and Afghan refugees resettle in Birmingham, the Properties for Ukraine scheme was a brand-new bespoke scheme.
“It means our resettlement groups have needed to work extraordinarily arduous with town council and different companies to develop the scheme from scratch to assist what has been an unprecedented variety of refugees construct new lives in Birmingham.
“We are actually serving to nearly 700 refugees and nearly 400 hosts within the scheme. This contains particular person welfare and property checks, supporting Common Credit score functions, serving to youngsters entry training, delivering psychological well being coaching, offering immigration recommendation and internet hosting coaching and assist boards amongst different companies.
“Our focus is and has at all times been to ensure folks fleeing warfare and persecution are supported to rebuild their lives in security throughout the UK and we’re decided to ensure the Properties for Ukraine scheme is successful in Birmingham.”
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