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SLC To Take Two Syrian Families


06/11/15


Two Syrian families are set to arrive in South Lanarkshire before the end of the year.

But officials have still to confirm where in the region they will be re-homed.

A report to councillors on an executive committee today will say the local authority is committed to taking 60 refugees fleeing Syria in the first year of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.


The scheme is designed to provide assistance to Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries as a result of the conflict in the Middle Eastern state.

Support is provided for survivors of violence and torture, women and children at risk and those who need medical care. Syrians accepted under the scheme are given leave to remain in the UK for five years under humanitarian protection.


A report to councillors says that “timescales are now very pressing as the situation worsens in Syria”.


The council was contacted by the Home Office on October 12, asking for confirmation that they will take part in the scheme. Housing associations across the region have been contacted and asked what, if anything, they can do to help.

The report concludes: “Local authority participation is critical to the success of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, along with support from key partner agencies and from the voluntary sector.

“Glasgow City, Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross and Renfrewshire councils previously agreed to resettle refugees as part of phase one of the scheme and are currently receiving families.

“This provides an opportunity to learn from current experience as South Lanarkshire further develops its plans.”


Dave Anderson, director of the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association, said they were set to discuss the situation at a committee meeting.

He added: “In principle the association is supportive but what we can do in practical terms, we don’t know yet. Our remit is to re-house people who are in housing need and naturally this would fall under this category. It’s early days. Hopefully we can accommodate and house one or two families.”