At present, sponsorship offers resettlement to the following people:
- Refugees from the Syrian conflict who are stuck in camps or cities in the Middle East. This includes families who have fled the conflict in Syria but do not have Syrian nationality.
- ‘At-risk’ children and their family members, who have fled conflicts in the Middle East and North African regions.
Sponsorship is not a way of supporting refugees who arrive in Britain seeking asylum or of relocating refugees who are stranded elsewhere in Europe. Also, the scheme is not open at the moment to refugees from other parts of the world.
From 2020, a new scheme will consolidate existing resettlement programmes into one global scheme. The new programme broadens the geographical focus beyond the Middle East and North Africa. It is not yet certain how this will work in practice.