Syrian refugees

Rouaa’s story: From Syrian refugee to UK schoolgirl
The BBC's Caroline Hawley follows Syrian refugee Rouaa to her new home, four years after first meeting her in Lebanon.

Cumbria is new home for 40 Syrian refugees

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nearly 40 people who fled the Syrian conflict found a new home in the north and west of the county last year.

Home Office statistics show that under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme a further 33 people resettled in the Carlisle area, a decrease on the 37 who were relocated in the area the year before, while Copeland welcomed five people, the same number as the previous year.

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie said: “The experiences these families have gone through in Syria have been dreadful and to try to help is something that we were more than willing to take on in Copeland.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “In the last three years, the county council has helped to resettle more than 200 Syrian refugees across the county, where they have an opportunity to start new lives and raise their families in safety and in peace."

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Covid-19: The refugee who helps vulnerable in Switzerland

A Syrian has set up a volunteer group of refugee friends across the country
This is a challenging time for people around the world as coronavirus continues to spread. But amid all the worrying news, here is an inspiring story of Shadi Shhadeh, a Syrian refugee living in Geneva, Switzerland. He and his wife mobilised their refugee friends across the country to help vulnerable people keep safe from Covid-19. Volunteers from his group, Help From Refugees, go out and get basic supplies for people who need assistance. Shadi Shhadeh explains to Lawrence Pollard where the idea came from.

(Photo: Syrian refugee Shadi Shhadeh with poster offering help to vulnerable people in Switzerland. Credit: Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin/UNHCR)