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Help refugees

Prime Minister David Cameron announced in his statement to the House of Commons on Monday 7 September 2015 that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees during the next five years.

These refugees will be taken from the camps in the countries neighbouring Syria using the established processes for identifying and resettling refugees. The government may expand the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme or a new scheme may be introduced.

Donations and offers of help

The government advises that the best way to help refugees is to donate money to humanitarian organisations or charities. Please read the Charity Commission's advice on giving safely.

Cash donations enable agencies to cater to the specific needs of the affected population as quickly as possible. They also allow relief agencies to buy goods in the affected region, helping to regenerate the local economy.

The government’s recommended and experienced humanitarian and relief agencies that you can support include:

If you would like to help refugees, either as an individual or as an organisation, you can:


One of the priority groups is likely to be unaccompanied children and young people. If you are interested in offering support to unaccompanied children, you might like to consider becoming a foster carer.