East Lothian Council

Council agrees refugee support

Published Tuesday 27th October 15

John Muir House

Full council meeting agrees support for refugee families

East Lothian Council agreed to resettle up to seven families per year over the next five years as part of the UK’s support and assistance to Syrian refugees. Today’s (Tuesday 27 October) full council meeting heard of the progress made since it passed a resolution on 8 September 2015 to offer assistance.

Council Leader, Willie Innes, said:

“The ongoing conflict in Syria has led to many millions of people being forced to flee their homes and seek re-settlement in other countries. Both the UK and Scottish Governments have progressed plans to re-settle refugees with Scotland estimated to receive approximately 2000 refugees in the next five years. A Task Force was set up by the Scottish Government to coordinate support across the country and, working closely with CoSLA, East Lothian’s contribution has been assessed as being between 5 and 7 families per year.”

"East Lothian has a proud tradition of welcoming and supporting individuals and families who have had to flee conflict and seek refuge elsewhere. The council will be working with a range of partners across our communities to help the Syrians relocate in East Lothian.”

No decision has yet been made on where the refugees will be resettled within East Lothian but it’s expected that families will be housed reasonably closely to each other to provide some mutual support during this difficult time for them.

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