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Scotland's commitment shown through Syrian resettlement statistics

Categories: Articles:Asylum & Refugees | Published: 20/09/2017 | Views: 681

It is two year's since the photograph of 3 year old Alan Kurdi prompted moral outrage and political reaction.  The Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, announced that the UK would offer direct resettlement to up to 20,000 vulnerable Syrians living in refugee camps over a five year period reports SFAR.  

Recently published statistics from the UK Home Office have shown that between 1 October 2015 and 30 June 2017, 8,283 people have been offered sanctuary in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme - 1,807 people have come to Scotland under this scheme, which is around 21% of the total (Scotland's population is around 8.5% of the UK as a whole).  The scheme works by individual local authorities opting-in and negotiating with the UK Government about the details.

Numbers of people by local authority are listed below.  (These numbers are only for people who have come through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement route, it doesn't count every refugee or asylum seekers, or babies born to refugee parents after they have arrived).
Aberdeen 75              
Highland 46
Aberdeenshire 94   
Inverclyde 42
Angus 33   
Midlothian 23
Argyll and Bute 92   
Moray 19
Clackmannanshire 78   
North Ayrshire 72
Dumfries and Galloway 18   
North Lanarkshire 133
Dundee 82   
Orkney Islands 8
East Ayrshire 25   
Perth and Kinross 32
East Dunbartonshire 21   
Renfrewshire 107
East Lothian 33   
Scottish Borders 21
East Renfrewshire 40   
Shetland Islands 0
Edinburgh 153   
South Ayrshire 30
Eilean Siar 26   
South Lanarkshire 93
Falkirk 28   
Stirling 17
Fife 72   
West Dunbartonshire 85
Glasgow 163   
West Lothian 46
It is hoped that the widespread support for humanitarian resettlement from across Scottish councils shows that there is a desire and capacity to respond, and that this will influence future policy decisions about creating safe and legal pathways for refugees. 


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