Mark Whitehead 06 June 2016

Only five Welsh councils re-settling Syrian refugees

Welsh councils have accused of failing to 'step up to the plate' after the latest figures revealed only five had rehoused Syrian refugees so far - despite all 22 pledging to do so.

The Home Office said Wales resettled 78 Syrian refugees between October 2015 and March.

Carys Mair Thomas, head of Ofam Cymru, described the figures as disappointing.

She said: 'What is stopping all local authorities from welcoming these families?

'Ceredigion has become a trailblazing Welsh council despite never previously welcoming refugees, and should encourage others, with far more experience in these matters, to step up to the plate.'

A Welsh Local Government Association spokesman said councils were dealing with 'challenging reception and resettlement issues' and more were ready to act.

'We are confident Welsh authorities will play a full role in the next stage of a UK-wide Syrian refugee resettlement programme that is being coordinated by the Home Office.'

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