Scotland Welcomes Refugees to co-ordinate country’s response

Syrian refugee camp just outside Gaziantep, Turkey.
Syrian refugee camp just outside Gaziantep, Turkey.

A new channel to help refugees has been set up by the Scottish Government.

The website Scotland Welcomes Refugees will help to co-ordinate Scotland’s response to the international crisis.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development, launched last week after a meeting of a special taskforce.

Run by the Scottish Government alongside the Scottish Rufugee Council, the new website will be a focal point for anyone wanting to donate time, skills, goods, accommodation or other practical help to refugees arriving in Scotland.

Mr Yousaf said: “Scotland’s response has been amazing.

“There are people from all walks of life in different parts of Scotland wanting to do what they can to help.

“There are many groups and organisations already taking practical steps and we really welcome this enthusiasm and energy.

“This new website will provide an important addition in marshalling Scotland’s efforts in our concerted and organised response.

“The work of the taskforce is well underway and we will make sure that Scotland is ready to give the very best of Scottish welcomes to the refugees who are fleeing their homes and seeking protection, safety and security.

“Scotland is firm in its commitment to helping vulnerable people in crisis and to accepting our fair share of refugees the UK takes.”

Steven Paterson, MP for Stirling, said: “This website will prove to be a fantastic tool for those who have spoken out on the current refugee and humanitarian crisis taking place across Europe.

“Hundreds of constituents have written to me, asking me to act in holding the UK Government to account on granting asylum to refugees affected by this crisis.

“They have also reached out to me for advice on how they can best lend a hand.

“I’ve shared this website’s link on social media and I’d encourage others to do so too.”