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Inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales


As part of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s ambition to engage with communities across the length and breadth of Wales, we are looking at the big issues affecting people in Wales and how policymakers can make a real difference.


In Wales, there are currently 2,872 asylum seekers, mainly living in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Wrexham. It is not known how many refugees are living in Wales, as asylum seekers who are granted refugee status are not required to live in a particular area and may move elsewhere. However, 112 Syrian refugees have been specifically resettled in Wales since October 2015 in response to the displacement from the Syrian civil war, compared to 862 in Scotland.


The Committee is looking at how much support is available for refugees and asylum seekers in Wales and how well Wales is responding to the large-scale displacement of Syrians because of the country’s civil war.


Terms of reference:

To consider –

  • the pace and effectiveness of the Welsh Government approach to resettling refugees through the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (SVPRS);
  • the effectiveness of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Delivery Plan;
  • the support and advocacy available to unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Wales; and
  • the role and effectiveness of the Welsh Government’s Community Cohesion Delivery Plan in ensuring the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Welsh communities.


Evidence gathering

The Committee consulted on this topic. The responses have been published.



Report on the inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales (PDF 1MB)

Spark report on the inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales

Welsh Government response – June 2017 (PDF 325.7 KB)


Plenary debate

The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 21 June 2017.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 12/10/2016





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