The government’s Refugee Integration Strategy recognises that refugees need better support. As I have often said in the House of Commons and beyond, we need to improve the treatment of refugees. With more support to learn English and find work, they can fully contribute to the life of this country.
As chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, I often hear distressing stories about the treatment of vulnerable people fleeing war, persecution and disaster. For example, many refugees end up homeless because the support they receive is cut almost immediately after their refugee status is confirmed. This is just one aspect of refugee policy which needs to change.
While politics can often be very confrontational, refugee policy is one area where I work alongside MPs from all parties. Yesterday I asked James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he would meet me to discuss the Integration Strategy. I am pleased to say he agreed. I will make a case for basing a strategy on the recommendations of APPG Refugees’ report, ‘Refugees Welcome?’, published a year ago.
I will keep you updated on the result of this meeting.