From Syria To Yorkshire


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Owen Bennett-Jones meets Syrian refugees in Bradford.

Under the UK government's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme over 200 Syrians - all judged to be particularly at risk - were taken from refugee camps in the Middle East and re-housed in Britain, many of them in Bradford. This summer, as the migration crisis became ever-more acute, the government agreed to help many more Syrians. Owen Bennett-Jones travels to Bradford to meet some of those who were first brought to Britain under the scheme. Their remarkable stories paint a vivid picture of war-torn Syria - and tell us a great deal about the UK too.

Image: Syrian refugees settling in Yorkshire, Ayham and Mohammed attend an archetypically British event – Remembrance Sunday in Bradford. They didn’t know about it beforehand but when it was explained that this was a service to remember those killed in war, they wanted to come and felt the relevance to their own lives. But did the other people attending want them there?

Producer: Nina Robinson

Editor: Richard Knight