Cash boost to help refugee in­te­gra­tion

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A PROJECT to sup­port refugee in­te­gra­tion in Scot­land has been awarded EU fund­ing.

Scot­tish Faiths Ac­tion for Refugees (SFAR) is to get £130,000 for work to im­prove un­der­stand­ing be­tween com­mu­ni­ties, build so­cial con­nec­tions and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for refugees.

The project said it will work with the Scot­tish Refugee Coun­cil and com­mu­nity groups to de­velop their ca­pac­ity to wel­come and sup­port fam­i­lies.

Wafa Sha­heen, head of in­te­gra­tion at the Scot­tish Refugee Coun­cil, said: “We are for­tu­nate that so many peo­ple in Scot­land are keen to wel­come and sup­port new Scots and that so many com­mu­nity groups right across the coun­try have been set up to do this.

“We are de­lighted to be able to work along­side these com­mu­ni­ties and with the ex­per­tise of our part­ners, to build on this foun­da­tion.”

The money has come from the EU Asy­lum, Mi­gra­tion and In­te­gra­tion Fund, which aims to make man­age­ment of mi­gra­tion flows more ef­fi­cient across the Euro­pean Union.

SFAR co­or­di­na­tor Steve Aisthorpe said: “As well as en­abling tai­lored ad­vice and help to refugees and fam­i­lies, this project will en­able bet­ter sup­port and co­or­di­na­tion of many lo­cal groups.”

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