History of UK gateway protection gate
The Gateway Protection Programme is a refugee resettlement program established in March 2004 with the first
refugees arriving in the UK on 19 March.
Initially, the program quota was set at 500 per year. The British government has faced criticism from
academics and practitioners over the small number of refugees it has resettled in comparison with other
Initially, David Blunkett had intended to increase the quota to 1,000 in the second year of the program's
operation, but local councils' reluctance to participate in the scheme meant that it was slow to proceed. It has
been argued that their reluctance showed that hostile attitudes towards asylum seekers had carried over to
affect the most genuinely needy refugees. The quota remained at 500 refugees per year until the 2008/09
financial year, when it increased to 750 refugees per year. The number of refugees resettled under the scheme
is small in comparison to the number of asylum seekers offered protection in the UK.
The program has been supported by the main British political parties at the national level since its inception,
and there has been support from councilors from each of the main parties at the local authority level. On the
occasion of the tenth anniversary of the scheme in 2014, refugee groups and others praised it as a successful
program and called for it to be expanded, particularly in light of the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2014, Amnesty
International and the Refugee Council urged the government to offer resettlement to Syrian refugees above and
beyond the Gateway quota of 750 per year. The anniversary of the program was also the occasion of further
criticism of the 750 quotas, with some commentators arguing that this is mean-spirited and con...