Introduction

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The UK is currently committed to resettling at least 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees by 2020. It is important that the next government keeps this commitment and explores options to expand the programme.

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Policy

Asylum

Globally 60 million people are fleeing war or persecution, and 19.5 million are registered as refugees with the UN. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that at least 1.15 million refugees are vulnerable and in need of resettlement. The Pope has called on countries to ‘rediscover the gift of humanity’, and the Catholic Church in England and Wales continues to campaign on this issue.

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