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Scotland extends helping hand to refugees

Published: 17 Sep 2015 15:33

Hundreds offer assistance.

Hundreds of Scots have pledged to help refugees fleeing persecution and conflict, the Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf, confirmed today.

A new website to help co-ordinate Scotland's response to the refugee crisis has been viewed 10,000 times in the first 48 hours.

Seven hundred people from across Scotland - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, North Berwick, Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Dundee, Troon, Campbeltown, Isle of Mull – have signed up to help, offering accommodation, befriending services and English language skills.

Mr Yousaf said:

"People across Scotland have been moved by the harrowing images beamed through our television and shared on social media.

"We continue to see generations of families on the move in search of somewhere safe and desperately looking for somewhere they are welcome and accepted.

"Scotland will welcome them. The hundreds of people that have offered assistance within 48 hours through the new website illustrates our nation's compassion, its humanity, our willingness to help those less fortunate.

"The UK has a moral obligation to help some of the most vulnerable people that are coming to Europe seeking protection. We cannot turn our back on innocent men, women and children in their moment of need.

"We are again urging the UK Government to opt in to the EU relocation scheme and help our neighbours and European partners cope with this humanitarian crisis."

Notes to editors

The new website has been launched to help co-ordinate Scotland's response to the international refugee crisis. More information at: www.scotlandwelcomesrefugees.scot