Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal Vincent reacts to extension of Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme

Cardinal Vincent  has issued the following statement on 3rd July in response to the Home Secretary’s announcement that the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme will be extended with immediate effect to include non-Syrians fleeing the conflict area. 

In the statement, the Cardinal says: 

‘I am very pleased that Her Majesty’s Government has made this important extension to the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme with immediate effect.  

‘The devastating conflict in and around Syria has affected people of many different nationalities. That is why the Catholic community has been calling for our resettlement programme to be made accessible to the most vulnerable refugees whatever their background.  

‘Resettlement opportunities for those who have particular needs that cannot be met in the region are a vital complement to the international community’s wider humanitarian response.  

‘As Catholics we will continue to play our part both through supporting the local Church’s relief efforts in the region and through the Community Sponsorship Scheme for refugees arriving in the UK.’

The Cardinal was reacting to a statement issued earlier in the day by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, announcing an extension of the scheme 'to enable UNHCR to refer the most vulnerable refugees in the MENA region who have fled the Syrian conflict and cannot safely return to their country of origin, whatever their nationality'.

'This provides refugees with a more direct and safe route to the UK, rather than risking the hazardous journey to Europe which has tragically cost so many lives,' added the Home Secretary.

Photo: Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk

Latest news
  • Photo: St Mary's University, TwickenhamCardinal presents Benedict Medal to Sr Berchmans

    At the St Mary's University graduation ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on 17 Born in County Clare, Ireland in 1930, Sr Berchmans joined the Convent of Jesus and Mary in 1951 in Willesden. She spent over 65 years teaching, mostly in Pakistan, ...

    more
  • Remembering Cardinal Hume

    On Monday 17 Sharing many memories of the Cardinal Hume, Cardinal Vincent said in his homily: ‘What I cherish most about Cardinal Hume is his stature as a man and teacher of prayer. He knew, I know, you know, that only prayer can answer the a...

    more
  • Cardinal's Statement following IICSA Report into Archdiocese of Birmingham

    The Independent Inquiry - Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) Report into the Archdiocese of Birmingham covers a period of 70 years. One of its overall conclusions is that the response of the Archdiocese to the sexual abuse of children was to care more about ...

    more