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Refugees Rehomed In Motherwell
A further 36 Syrian refugees are just days away from arriving in North Lanarkshire and are set to be rehomed in Motherwell and Bellshill.
This is the second group to be resettled in the North Lanarkshire area through the Syrian Resettlement Programme, the UK Government’s response to the refugee crisis in the Middle East.
Both towns were chosen to receive 11 families based on the availability of suitable homes and school places.
Housing is being provided by North Lanarkshire Council and two local Housing Associations – Cairn and Clyde Valley.
The refugees – some of whom were “subject to torture and violence” before fleeing their home nation – will be arriving direct from camps and temporary accommodation in Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.
Last year North Lanarkshire agreed to accept its share of the Scottish total under the Syrian Resettlement Programme which equates to around 120.
A first group of 43 refugees arrived in Airdrie and Coatbridge between November 2015 and January 2016 and have settled in very well, attending English classes, getting children into local schools and engaging in community life.
Elaine McHugh, the council’s Head of Housing Solutions and Lead Officer, said: “The partners involved in supporting the refugees have made considerable progress with the group in Airdrie and Coatbridge.
“It was therefore agreed that North Lanarkshire should look to bring its second group of Syrian refugees to Bellshill and Motherwell in June.”
Costs of the resettlement programme, including education and health services, are being funded by the Home Office.
Councillor Pat O’Rourke, Chair of the Member Officer Working Group overseeing the resettlement programme, added: “Syrian refugees are fleeing violence and torture in their own country. Some have been displaced many times and have lived in poor conditions for many years. I am pleased, therefore, that our communities in North Lanarkshire are wholeheartedly providing a place of safety, security and opportunity for some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”