Dingwall to host Syrian Refugees

Five families are expected to arrive in the town in January, following security checks.Syrian-camp
It will be the second group of refugees to be settled in Ross-shire. The first came to Alness in May 2016.
Another four families were placed in Kinlochleven in January as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Re-settlement Scheme, paid for by the UK Home Office.
At a press conference last night, ahead of a public engagement event at Ross County Football Club, Ross and Cromarty civic leader Margaret Paterson said Ross-shire has been chosen for the second time to reflect the historic welcoming nature of the district, as well as availability of housing and school places.
“We have a history of being welcoming people and that goes back many, many years,” she said.
“We are very friendly people and in the past when we had to leave Scotland’s shores in the Highland Clearances we were made welcome elsewhere and we will never forget that.
“The refugees coming have been through a tremendous ordeal and I am sure many individuals, voluntary groups and local businesses and organisations will want to help them settle in and will rally together to provide the support and hospitality that we are known across the world for.”
The latest group comes as part of the Highland Syrian Resettlement programme, which will see 25 to 30 families coming to live in the region in the next five years.
Re-settlement officer Peter Broomfield said volunteers have been “invaluable” to the families who are already in the Highlands and asked anybody interested in helping to contact the council.
Dingwall Community Council chairman Nigel Greenwood said he was confident the council, NHS Highland and the police had prepared for the latest arrival in Dingwall.
“There is a difference between these people who are being housed here because they have had to flee their own country and someone who has chosen to come and live in Dingwall,” he said.
“We just want to be able to welcome them and support them without being in their faces.”
The families will be housed in council properties and will be granted a five-year refugee visa.

Taken from: North Star

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