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Syrian refugees set for Aberystwyth arrival by Christmas

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Syrian refugees are set to arrive in Aberystwyth before Christmas as Ceredigion becomes one of the first counties in Wales to accept them.

The move forms part of David Cameron's pledge for the UK to take in 20,000 refugees by 2020.

The United Nation's refugee agency, UNHCR, is identifying possible arrivals from camps in the Middle East and they are being referred to the Home Office.

Ceredigion council leader Ellen ap Gwynn, said: "The support that has been shown by Ceredigion residents for the refugees is very heartening as we seek to help in the response to this emergency."

Syrian refugees in the UK

20,000

more refugees will be resettled in the UK by 2020

4,980

Syrian asylum seekers have been allowed to stay since 2011

  • 25,771 people applied for asylum in the UK in the year to end June 2015

  • 2,204 were from Syria

  • 87% of Syrian requests for asylum were granted

  • 145 Syrian asylum seekers have been removed from the UK since 2011

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Related Topics

  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Aberystwyth
  • Ceredigion County Council

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