Refugees in Cumbria

The UK has an ongoing commitment to refugee resettlement, offering places of safety to vulnerable refugees in need of protection.

The Home Office works with local authorities to deliver a range of resettlement schemes to support provide support to refugees from Syria, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and most recently Afghanistan.

Cumbria has played its part by welcoming refugees since 2017, responding with a collective county-wide multi-agency approach. Cumbria County Council is the lead authority acting on behalf of the Cumbria Leaders Board. This was  agreed at the County Council Cabinet meeting on 15th December 2016.

Over 250 individuals have now been resettled across Cumbria.

Partners are currently working together to support Afghan Civilian Locally Employed Staff and their families through the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP).  . A number of Afghan families have already been welcomed to Cumbria and more families are expected to arrive over the coming weeks. 

Cumbria County Council also agreed to offer support to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), as part of the Government's National Transfer Scheme. This has been established to help resettle children seeking asylum in areas such as Kent and unaccompanied asylum seeking children leaving Calais or other European Countries.

Cumbria has a long established history of successfully supporting refugees and if you wish to make an offer of support, below are just some of the ways you can do this. 

Local support

As part of the support provided to refugees, offers of help from members of the public, organisations and private businesses are very welcome as these will help with the resettlement of refugees.  Offers of support will be co-ordinated centrally to ensure they are used as effectively as possible and can include a wide range of things such as children's toys and books, clothes, befriending and a variety of goods and services. 

We know that community groups and local volunteers are keen to offer support. Refugee action groups have been established in many parts of the county and play a critical role in supporting families in the county and beyond.

Our approach is to ensure refugees are informed about what is on offer in their communities and introductions will be made to local groups if refugees want to access this support. 

If you would like to make an offer of support please use the online form or telephone 01228 221100.

Cumbria Community Foundation also operates the Welcome Fund which refugees can apply to for support. 

Support for children and young people in need

Young, unaccompanied refugees are vulnerable and may be traumatised following their experience. Some may need a foster place in a loving home as they start to rebuild their lives.

For more information about how you could support children and young people in need, visit our Fostering website.

Please note that not all children who need a foster place will be refugees.