NI scheme to resettle Syrian refugees 'sets template'

The Alzaid family from Damascus are one of several that are settling into live in Northern Ireland. Credit: UTV

By Judith Hill

One year since it began, Northern Ireland’s programme to resettle Syrian refugees has been hailed as a successful template for regions across the UK.

That’s according to Bryson Intercultural - one of the lead groups involved in the process of finding new homes for Syrian families in NI.

They say the set-up here is unique in how it works and that a team from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has recently visited to gauge its success.

The first group of Syrian refugees arrived in Northern Ireland a year ago.

Since then 284 people have come to the region, ranging in ages from babies right up to an 80-year-old.

We’ve been speaking to families a year on from that arrival to find out how they’re integrating into life here.

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One of them, the Alzaid family from Damascus, had told UTV how their "love relationship with this country is growing stronger day by day".

The Alzids may have found hope here - but their thoughts are with those still under siege back in Syria, who have no homes and little hope.

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