Sam Clayden 27 May 2016

Coventry City Council takes in the most Syrian refugees

New figures from the Home Office reveal Coventry City Council has supported more Syrian refugees than any other local authority since the expansion of the resettlement programme.

Since the prime minister revealed plans to relocate 20,000 people by 2020, some 71 councils have provided a haven for those fleeing the war-torn nation.

Coventry has volunteered to house 105 people between October and March, while Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council have taken on 81.

Of the 32 London boroughs, just four authorities have volunteered to support the scheme, housing a total of just 33 vulnerable people.

Under the scheme, local authorities can volunteer to support Syrians who have been assessed by the UN high commissioner for refugees as requiring resettlement.

Coventry City Council's deputy leader, Cllr Abdul Khan, told The MJ: ‘We have accepted them because it is the right thing to do.'

Photo: thomas koch / Shutterstock.com

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