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 Committee consulted on this topic. The responses have been published.
Welsh Government response – June 2017 (PDF 325.7 KB)
The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 21 June 2017.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 12/10/2016
Decision due: Meeting Date by Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee