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Welsh Government responds to report on refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, 14/06/17 [W]

The Welsh Government has issued a written response to ‘I used to be someone’: Refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, a report published by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

The inquiry looked at the effectiveness of Welsh Government’s delivery of services to aid refugees to settle and play a full part in our communities. The report found examples of good practice throughout Wales, but that more could be done to help delivery partners. The report made 19 recommendations to address those areas.

The Welsh Government published their written response to the report and the recommendations on 14 June 2017. The response restates the Welsh Government’s commitment to helping refugees and asylum seekers fulfil their potential in Wales and also states whether or not the Welsh Government accepts or rejects the recommendations made by the Committee.

Children in Wales welcomes the Welsh Government’s response to the ELGC Committee’s Report noting that 18 of the 19 Recommendations were either accepted in full or at least in principle. Sean O’Neill, Policy Director said ‘The Committee’s inquiry identified a considerable number of barriers and challenges faced by refugee and asylum seekers as some of the most vulnerable people in our society.  The Welsh Governments commitment to build upon its history of providing sanctuary for vulnerable children and families is to be commended, and we look forward to working with officials and our members to help ensure that all children coming to Wales remain safe and are properly supported to reach their full potential’

The original report from the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee can be read here, while the Welsh Government’s response to the report can be read here. The report is due to be debated in Plenary on Wednesday 21 June 2017.