MP Thangam asks: What more can we do to support those who seek refuge?

July 28 2016

A cross-party group of MPs has launched an inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK.

A cross-party group of MPs has launched an inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK. 

The panel, chaired by Bristol West MP, Thangam Debbonaire, will consider the Government’s policies on supporting new refugees, in particular the support available to help refugees integrate in the UK.

Ms Debbonaire said: “Over the last year, parliamentarians and the wider British public have spent a lot of time considering what the UK’s response should be to the refugee crisis. However, far less attention has been paid to what happens to refugees once they’ve arrived in the UK. What support are they given to help them rebuild their lives? Are there gaps in the services available? Are some services more difficult to access than others?

 “The panel will also examine what support is available to local communities who are welcoming and accommodating refugees. What more could be done to assist these areas?”

The inquiry, which will be run by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, will hold a number of oral evidence sessions in Parliament and also invites written evidence from interested groups of individuals, including refugees who have either gone through the UK asylum system or been resettled to the UK.