The National Refugee Welcome Board has launched a new public register listing people, groups and institutions who have indicated their interest in becoming a private or community sponsor of refugees.
This follows the government’s announcement that it plans to introduce a refugee sponsorship scheme on the lines of the Canadian model. This would allow non-governmental institutions, community groups and groups of individuals to either apply to the government to bring in a refugee known to them from overseas or to indicate to the government their willingness to take on a referred refugee. In both cases, if successful, the sponsor would then fully support (materially, financially and in other ways) that refugee for 12 months.
250,000 vulnerable people have found protection under the Canadian scheme since it was established. While full details of British government’s plans have not yet been released the Board is encouraging ministers to set the scheme up quickly, ensuring that it creates an additional safe legal route for refugees to be protected in the UK.