First Syrian refugees 'at grave risk' arrive in UK

The first Syrian refugees part of a new vulnerable persons programme have arrived in the UK.

The government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme aims to provide protection to particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees who are at "grave risk."

An attack to an aid distributing point at the Yarmouk Refugee Camp, earlier this week. 9 people are killed and 30 others get wounded.

Those admitted under the VPR scheme will be granted five years’ Humanitarian Protection, with access to rights and benefits, access to the labour market and the possibility of family reunion.

The VPR scheme does not a quota for those it will help, but it is anticipated that it will support several hundred people over the next three years. The next group are expected in April.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the UK has received around 3,800 Syrian asylum seekers.