Young Syrians finally recognised as refugees

Syrians who are resettled in Britain will finally be recognised as refugees by the UK Government.

The Home Office has announced that Syrian refugees who are being resettled here will now be granted refugee status, rather than humanitarian protection. This will enable Syrians to access university and to travel more easily to visit relatives in other European countries.

With partner organisations, Coram Children’s Legal Centre had repeatedly raised concerns that many resettled Syrians were unable to access university because they faced a three year wait before being eligible for student finance, which put university out of reach of many people. They were also unable to apply for the same travel documents as other refugees which resulted in Syrians being unable to easily go abroad to visit their family in other countries. This decision will allow young Syrians to truly build their lives in the UK.