Community Sponsorship is open to refugees who are living in overburdened countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. If they feel they cannot return home or their current living conditions are too difficult, they can apply to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to be resettled to another country that can offer them a better chance of rebuilding their lives. After being interviewed and screened, they are referred to countries, including the UK, which have resettlement programmes.
The UK Government partners with UNHCR to identify the most vulnerable people for resettlement in the UK. They prioritise those who cannot be supported effectively in their region of origin: women and children at risk, people in severe need of medical care and survivors of torture and violence amongst others.
At present, community sponsorship groups cannot ‘name’ families for resettlement. Sponsor Refugees also has no influence over who is resettled.