Cambuslang to welcome first Syrian refugee family
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.