SNP MSP Christina McKelvie questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Communities,Social Security and Equalities,Angela Constance MSP, regarding what communication the Scottish Government has had with the UK Government regarding the Syrian refugee resettlement scheme.

The Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP posed the questions to the Cabinet Secretary during Portfolio Question this week in the Scottish Parliament.

The latest statistics show that Scotland has welcomed over 1200 refugees as part of the programme. The number of Syrian refugees living in South Lanarkshire is expected to top 120 by the end of this year.

Speaking in response to Ms.McKelvie’s question, the Cabinet Secretary added:

“I met the Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill MP on 11 October 2016 to discuss the Syrian Resettlement Programme and other issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers.

“The Member will be pleased to know Scotland remains committed to welcoming Syrian refugees, and that 30 local authorities have now received refugees into their communities

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“I am proud that Scotland has led the way in welcoming refugees, accepting more than its fair share – but we stand ready to do more.

“I am happy that the Cabinet Secretary could provide my constituents and I with further clarity regarding the resettlement scheme, as we seek to provide sanctuary for those desperately in need.”

“Callously, the UK Conservative Government decided to close the Dubs Amendment – an amendment proposed by Lord Alf Dubs for the UK to take unaccompanied child refugees safely in the UK. The safety of children is paramount and the SNP will continue to fight for the vulnerable.”

“In light of recent events that have sought to breed racism and division within the country, the Scottish Government reiterates its stance on continuing as a welcoming and tolerant environment for the most defenceless and destitute.”