The Highland Council responds to Syrian Refugee Crisis

A cross party meeting of Group Leaders from The Highland Council has today met to discuss Highland Council’s initial response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

The Group Leaders also met with Blythswood representatives to hear of the work they are doing to support the Syrian Refugees.

The Highland Council has advised COSLA that it would be willing to play its part in any government arranged Syrian Resettlement Scheme.

Speaking on behalf of the Group Leaders of Highland Council, Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson said: “We understand and share the genuine concerns of people across the Highlands about the desperate situation of thousands of people fleeing from the war in Syria.

“The Council is committed to do whatever it can to offer practical support. We have today advised COSLA that we are willing to play our part in the government’s Syrian Resettlement Scheme. Clearly this is a fast moving and complex situation and we await further details from the UK and Scottish Governments as well as COSLA, as to how this scheme will operate.

“We will be meeting with our community planning partners on Friday to explore what practical assistance can be given in the event of receiving refugees into the Highlands.

“If people wish to help in the short term, the most effective way to help at this stage is to donate cash to recognised UK charities. Blythswood have set up an appeal which people can donate to very simply."

Blythswood Chief Executive, James Campbell welcomed the opportunity to brief Group Leaders on the work they are doing to support the Syrian Refugees. He said; “I am grateful for the support of the Council for the work that we are doing. I wish to thank all those who have already contributed to our special appeal. If anyone wishes to help they can text SYRI15 £5 to 70070 or donate at http://www.blythswood.org/

8 Sep 2015
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