Belfast Telegraph

Nearly 50 Syrian refugees fly into Belfast for new life

By Staff Reporter

A charter flight carrying 47 Syrian refugees touched down at Belfast International Airport yesterday.

The Syrian refugees have arrived here as part of the Government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: "I warmly welcome all of the individuals who have arrived in Northern Ireland today and I am very grateful to the Northern Ireland Executive, community and voluntary groups who continue to support the resettlement scheme.

"The humanitarian crisis in Syria is unprecedented, which is why we are undertaking one of the largest resettlement schemes in the UK's history."

Hundreds of flights carrying Syrian refugees have arrived in the UK over the past two years.

More than 7,000 refugees have been resettled in the UK, including 558 in Northern Ireland, under the scheme so far.

The Government remains on track to meet its commitment of resettling 20,000 Syrians by 2020.

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