Fur­ther 100 Syr­ian refugees are ex­pected dur­ing 2019

Hamilton Advertiser - - 03.01.2019 -

An­other 100 Syr­ian refugees are ex­pected to have ar­rived in South La­nark­shire by this time next year.

A re­port that went be­fore coun­cil­lors be­fore Christ­mas stated that nearly 140 have al­ready set­tled here.

And they were told “by the end of De­cem­ber 2019 it is an­tic­i­pated that a fur­ther 100 in­di­vid­u­als will re­side in South La­nark­shire”.

South La­nark­shire ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee also ap­proved the em­ploy­ment of two full­time equiv­a­lent posts, on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, to ed­u­ca­tion re­sources.

Costs as­so­ci­ated with the new posts for the fixed-term of 15 months are £98,352.50, which will be fully funded through the The Syr­ian Refugee Re­set­tle­ment Pro­gramme (SRRP) through the UK Aid bud­get.

As part of the agree­ment with the Home Of­fice, there is a re­quire­ment that in­di­vid­u­als over the age of 18 will re­ceive a min­i­mum of eight hours of English for Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages (ESOL) pro­vi­sion per week. Coun­cil’s

And the posts will help de­velop the ESOL pro­gramme de­signed to help refugees in­te­grate more eas­ily into the com­mu­nity within South La­nark­shire.

The SRRP is de­signed to as­sist Syr­i­ans who have fled as a re­sult of the con­flict in their home coun­try. In or­der to qual­ify, in­di­vid­u­als or fam­i­lies have to be par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble as sur­vivors of vi­o­lence and tor­ture, women and chil­dren at risk and those need­ing med­i­cal care.

The UK Gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated the SRRP in 2015 to re­set­tle 20,000 Syr­ian refugees in the UK within a five-year pe­riod to 2020, with fund­ing from the from the Home Of­fice.

The re­port states that 136 in­di­vid­u­als – equat­ing to 37 fam­i­lies – have re­set­tled in the area.

New fam­i­lies ar­riv­ing are of­fered an in­ten­sive in­duc­tion pack­age as part of the On­go­ing Learn­ing Pro­gramme, con­sist­ing of three weeks of three hours for three days a week to help de­velop daily liv­ing lan­guage skills. And the re­port says the pro­gramme has proved “in­valu­able and pro­vides an ex­cel­lent base for lan­guage de­vel­op­ment” but that this in­ten­sive pack­age “is not sus­tain­able” through the cur­rent ESOL staffing lev­els.

Cri­sis Refugees wait to pass through a po­lice cor­don be­fore cross­ing the Greek-mace­do­nian bor­der near the vil­lage of Idomeni, Greece.

Des­per­ate Syr­ian refugees caus­ing to­tal chaos, as they leave the Greek is­land of Les­bos

Aw­ful Syr­ian refugees pass­ing on the Syr­ian side of the bor­der into Turkey

Asy­lum Refugees leav­ing Syria for Europe

HQ The coun­cil’s Al­mada Street base in Hamil­ton

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