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Ipswich and Syrian Refugees

Suffolk Refugee Support, the main organisation for providing support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ipswich, is currently helping to support seven Syrian families.

How is this funded?

Suffolk Refugee Support is funded for the Syrian Refugees by the Home Office via Suffolk County Council.

The plans

Suffolk Public Sector leaders have pledged to receive 200 Syrian refuges over a 5 year period.

Where will they be located?

As most of the support services are in the Ipswich area, that is the preferred locality.

How will they be supported?

Under the government scheme, the Syrian Refugees are entitled to benefits and the Local Authority can access funds to pay for support costs, health and education etc. – for one year.


Housing will be in the private sector and Anglia Care Trust is accessing private sector landlords through their “Triangle Scheme”.

Initial Healthcare

Initial healthcare comes through the Marginalised and Vulnerable Adults Health Outreach Team of the NHS, who then signpost through to GP and main stream services.

Who coordinates this?

Support is coordinated through Suffolk Refugee Support who has  the contract for providing this support for this first year.

Additional support

Suffolk Refugee Support has worked with local volunteers, churches and community groups to provide furniture, some transport for things, English lessons (ESOL) alongside their own existing services. Furniture has also come through the local Furniture Project.


Thank you to Joseph Gonzalez for the use of this photograph.