Cam­bus­lang to wel­come first Syr­ian refugee fam­ily

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Cam­bus­lang is ex­pected to wel­come its first Syr­ian refugee fam­ily this week.

Ruther­glen has al­ready wel­comed three fam­i­lies from the war-torn coun­try as part of the Syr­ian Vul­ner­a­ble Per­sons Re­set­tle­ment Scheme.

The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to ac­com­mo­dat­ing up to 60 men, women and chil­dren (around 12 to 15 fam­i­lies) in the first year.

As­sis­tance is pro­vided 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 refugees from camps neigh­bour­ing Syria by 2020. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has said that Scot­land should ac­cept 1,000 refugees as a start­ing point.

Ed­die McAvoy, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil Leader, said:“It is now nine months since we wel­comed the first Syr­ian refugees here and I am sure that the fam­i­lies com­ing to Cam­bus­lang will re­ceive the same warm wel­come.

“All our fam­i­lies are set­tling into their new homes and are now firmly part of their com­mu­ni­ties. Chil­dren are do­ing well at school and all the fam­i­lies con­tinue to ex­press their thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the sup­port they have re­ceived.

“As well as the coun­cil other so­cial hous­ing land­lords are in­volved in help­ing to find homes for the refugees.”

Fund­ing ar­range­ments which

New home Syr­ian refugees, like this pair pic­tured at a camp in Le­banon, are head­ing for Cam­bus­lang this week cover the cost of the coun­cil’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the SVPRS have been con­firmed by the Home Of­fice and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Fam­i­lies are given hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­tec­tion and can re­main in the UK for five years, qual­i­fy­ing for full ac­cess to pub­lic as­sis­tance and funds.

Two fam­i­lies also ar­rived in East Kil­bride and Hamil­ton this week.

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