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Further Refugee Plans Approved


13/09/16


A further 60 Syrian refugees will be welcomed to South Lanarkshire next year.

To date 44 people have successfully settled in the area, and in the months ahead the council is confident the target of accommodating 60 refugees in the first year of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS) will be met.

Refugees have been settling in the wider Rutherglen and Hamilton areas since December 2015 as part of South Lanarkshire Council’s commitment to accommodate up to 60 men women and children – approximately 12 to 15 families – in the first year of the initiative.


Arrangements to accommodate new refugee families are being drawn up after the council’s Executive Committee agreed to implement proposals for participation in the SVPRS 2017 phase.

The committee heard that the scheme would continue to provide assistance to Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries as a result of conflict in their homeland, including survivors of violence and torture, women and children who are at risk, and people who need medical care.

The UK Government has expanded the SVPRS to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps neighbouring Syria by 2020.

The Scottish Government has said that Scotland should accept 1000 refugees as a starting point and that target has been met by local authorities.


Eddie McAvoy, South Lanarkshire Council Leader said: “People in our communities in East Kilbride, the wider Hamilton, Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas have opened their arms to welcome to the Syrian families.

“I am delighted they are building new lives here in South Lanarkshire and their children are settling into school. The families continually express their thanks and gratitude for the help they have received.

“This has been achieved by the commitment of an extended network of council and Community Planning partners, including health professionals, DWP, voluntary sector, community and faith groups who provide ongoing support.

“Other social landlords are involved in helping us house the refugees and this has been invaluable.”