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Refugees New Life In Motherwell


22/03/16


North Lanarkshire Council have already welcomed 12 families, a total of 43 people, to Airdrie and Coatbridge since last November.

And now another group are set to arrive as part of the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.


In a report to the council’s policy and resources committee, North Lanarkshire Council’s Housing and Social Work Services Executive Director Duncan Mackay said: “Assessments have been made of housing availability, the capacity of local primary and secondary schools and the availability of local health services.

“As a result of this analysis it is proposed that the group should be resettled in the Motherwell/Bellshill area. All refugees are registered with local GP practices and have been attending appointments where needs have arisen.

“One of the emerging needs is mental health and all adults are being offered support through a number of pathways including through GPs, direct referral by health visitors and referral into more specialist support services for those suffering from past trauma.”


Those fleeing Syria will not be the first refugees to settle in Motherwell.

In 2007, 80 people who fled war in the Democratic Republic of Congo were brought to Scotland to start a new life in the town.


At a full meeting of the council last October, councillors of all political parties agreed to urge the UK Government to do more to help refugees of the Syrian Civil War.

A motion which was put forward on that date stated: “The council note, with a significant degree of concern, the humanitarian crisis facing many countries within the European Union and calls upon the UK Government to become a more progressive partner in order to resolve the crisis.

“For their part, the council will respond in a pro-active manner and will play a full part in supporting refugees who are relocated to the North Lanarkshire area.”