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Up to 100 Syrian refugees set to arrive in Northern Ireland by December

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 24/10/2015

A Syrian woman carrying a baby disembarks from a ferry in Athens upon arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos (AP)
A Syrian woman carrying a baby disembarks from a ferry in Athens upon arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos (AP)

Up to 100 Syrian refugees will arrive in Northern Ireland by December.

The Assembly committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister received a briefing yesterday from departmental officials outlining the Executive's response to the current global refugee and asylum crisis.

Around 50-100 refugees will arrive by December with further groups due on a phased basis.

Committee chair Mike Nesbitt said: "The committee recognises the enormity of the current humanitarian challenge both at the borders of Europe and globally across areas of severe conflict.

"Members were pleased to receive a briefing from OFMDFM officials outlining the NI Executive's plans to participate in the UK Government's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, which aims to support the most vulnerable individuals."

Deputy chair Chris Lyttle said OFMDFM indicates there is a strong case for the development of a Refugee Integration Strategy. The UK will accept 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

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