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Department of Education receives £650,000 to educate Syrian refugees

The Department of Education has received almost £650,000 under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

The money, after a year-long delay, will go towards the education of Syrian refugee children.

In 2015 the Prime Minister announced that an additional 20,000 refugees would settle in the UK over the course of the current UK Parliament.

The First Minister and deputy First Minister signalled to the UK Government their willingness to welcome some of the most vulnerable refugees into Northern Ireland.

Refugees in Northern Ireland are eligible to claim housing, be admitted to schools and receive healthcare.

Sinn Fein MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed confirmation that schools have now received financial assistance to support the education of children from Syrian refugee families.

The party's Education spokesperson said: "Under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, the Home Office has committed to provide £4,500 a year towards each Syrian child's education.

"However, for more than a year nothing was received. That was a completely unacceptable delay and a matter which I raised with the Home Office directly."

The MLA added: "I am pleased the Department of Education has now received almost £650,000 because it is only right that schools should get the funding they were promised to assist children who have endured so much hardship and upheaval.

“However, they should not have had to wait so long and I will continue to lobby and engage with the British Home Office to ensure there is of repeat of this delay."

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