Syrian refugees land at Glasgow

Photo courtesy of Oxfam International

Photo courtesy of Oxfam International/ Flickr

Around 100 Syrian refugees landed at Glasgow Airport last night in the first chartered flight to Scotland.

The flight is one of many planned to transport families into the country in the coming weeks.

At least five local authorities are expecting to house the refugees with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire all taking on a dozen families or more each.

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish government’s Minister for Europe and International Development said:

“I just want to welcome these people to Scotland, and assure them that despite the weather, the welcome they receive will be very warm. I want them to think of Scotland as their home.”

Renfrewshire, which was one of the first councils to sign up to the Government’s resettlement programme has set aside houses in the Seedhill area of the town. The resettled children will be enrolled in the local high school, Paisley Grammar.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said:

“People and organisations in Renfrewshire have set an inspiring example in their commitment to helping others facing hardship. We can be proud of that and we want to help as many people and groups as we can to build on that work.”

Susan Reid, a local parent who has a child at Paisley Grammar said:

“It is lovely to see Renfrewshire stepping up and helping people that are in desperate need. The children will be given a warm welcome at the school.”

The UK government has said 20,000 refugees will be resettled in the UK by 2020 – with 1,000 due to arrive by Christmas.

 

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