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Syrian refugees

South Lanarkshire Council, our Community Planning partners, support workers and our communities are working together to resettle a further 60 Syrian refugees in the area by the end of 2017.

This is part of the UK Government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS) which aims to resettle 20,000 refugees from the camps around Syria by 2020.

The first phase will help the most vulnerable including survivors of violence and torture, women and children who are at risk and people who need medical care.

All refugees arriving in the UK have been through a thorough screening process before they are selected to resettle. Funding for the Scheme is coming from the UK Government’s International Aid Budget.

The Scottish Government agreed that Scotland would accept 1000 refugees as a starting point. Following this announcement South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Committee agreed that the council, with assistance from its community planning partners would help resettle refugees through the SVPR Scheme. We are working with communities to help the families who arrived in December and are planning for the arrival of new families this year.

Support from South Lanarkshire communities has been very positive through donations and volunteering offers. If you want to make a donation or would like to volunteer please see our Donating and Volunteering page.

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