The Isle of Wight Council’s leading Executive members could decide to make a formal offer to host up to five families fleeing the war in Syria, at a meeting on Thursday.

The authority has been looking into the possibility of offering homes on the Isle of Wight to refugees, under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

Refugees on the Turkey/Syria border in February 2015. (Editorial Credit: Orlok / Shutterstock.com)
Refugees on the Turkey/Syria border in February 2015. (Editorial Credit: Orlok / Shutterstock.com)

Since the matter was first discussed in September, the authority says a number of “generous” offers of accommodation have been made and six properties are being considered for their suitability.

Humanitarian protection would give the refugees leave to stay here for five years, as well as a chance to apply to stay for longer if a return to Syria is not possible after that time. Government funding is available to authorities who make an offer to refugees, which decreases over four of the five years of the relocation.

The Executive Members could also decide not to make any offer of relocation.

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