The first Syrian refugees could arrive in Northern Ireland by December, the Deputy First Minister has revealed.
Martin McGuinness said the region was committed to helping resolve the global humanitarian crisis and wanted to “extend the hand of friendship” to those who were suffering.
An initial group of between 50 and 100 displaced people will be accommodated with others arriving in phases.
Mr McGuinness said: “We propose that we should welcome between 50 and 100 refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme with the expectation that further groups would arrive on a phased basis.
“Beginning with a modest number initially will assist learning and identification, indeed resolution of difficulties.”
During Question Time at the devolved Stormont Assembly, Mr McGuinness said he had been “comforted and pleased” at the level of cross party support for the move.