The UK Government is committed to resettling 23,000 refugees in the UK.
In July 2016 the Government launched the Community Sponsorship scheme to resettle refugees in the UK. It is an expansion to the existing Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), and intends to resettle up to 20,000 Syrians in need of protection.
In addition, the Government is also committed to settling up an additional 3,000 unaccompanied minors, vulnerable children and their families under Vulnerable Children’s Scheme launched in April 2016.
This is an opportunity for churches and other faith-based organisations to be salt and light – to take on the challenging but rewarding role of offering hospitality to the stranger.
Christians are being encouraged to:
- Welcome and help these refugees rebuild their lives in the UK through Community Sponsorship
- Offer practical services to refugees, including teaching English classes and mentoring young refugees, and more…
Church Response For Refugees is a movement to inspire, encourage and equip churches and communities across the UK to actively welcome and support refugees.
‘Go and do likewise’: Why Churches Should Sponsor Refugee Families