At least 897 “Syrians” living in Britain have been arrested over the past year for serious crimes including rape, death threats, and child abuse, it has emerged.
At the same time, the UK Government has undertaken to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian “refugees” by the end of 2020 under its “Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement” scheme.
Official statistics show that 1,602 Syrians have already been resettled in the UK under the scheme by the end of March 2016.
The statistics about the number of crimes being committed by the “Syrians” emerged when the Sun newspaper obtained the data after submitting Freedom of Information requests to police forces in England and Wales.
The Sun said that the decision to request the statistics came after “Northumbria Police were last month accused of a cover-up over an alleged attack by Syrians on two teenage girls in Newcastle.”
One of the suspects was being followed by the BBC for a report on how his family had settled in the UK, the Sun added.
In Northumbria, the force admitted that last year they arrested a total of 16 Syrians, the report continued. This tally of arrests included two alleged sex offences, six claims of violent assaults, and three of public disorder.
In London, 238 “Syrians” were arrested, including two for rape, three for death threats, and seven for sex offenses.
In Nottinghamshire, one “Syrian” was arrested for “sexual activity with an underage girl.”
According to UK Parliamentary research issued in June this year, it is possible for “Syrians” to claim asylum upon arrival or after-entry to the UK.
The research revealed that “Syrian nationals were the sixth-largest group of asylum applicants in the year ending March 2016. Eighty-seven percent of initial asylum decisions in Syrian cases gave permission to remain in the UK.”
The resettled “refugees” are given five years’ Humanitarian Protection status, with permission to work and access public funds.