The Scottish Parliament has today [08th September] welcomed the 1,000+ Syrian refugees that have arrived in Scotland since October last year as part of the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
The motion, moved by The Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, congratulated the local authorities who have played their part in the resettlement programme.
Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse spoke in support of the Scottish Government’s motion, stating:
“This is a debate I have been taking part in, long before I was an elected member.
“1,000 refugees is great, but it’s only 0.02% of our population. It’s a start.
“This is a global crisis and it needs coordinated international action. Every safe and democratic nation should be willing and able to offer homes to some of the refugees fleeing the violence and chaos of Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.
“In Scotland, we have shown our determination to be a good global citizen, committed to doing all we can to help those around the world who are most in need.
“I believe that Scots are outward looking, have a more global perspective and genuinely want to extend the hand of friendship and support.”