Scotland Welcomes Refugees is a website run by the Scottish Government alongside the Scottish Refugee Council. Humza Yousaf, Scottish Minister for Europe and International Development, said that the site was “an important addition in marshalling Scotland’s efforts in our concerted and organised response”.
Individuals can register expressions of support offering accommodation, goods or skills (perhaps teaching English, translating, befriending or providing professional health advice). These will be assessed against the needs of refugees being resettled across Scotland over coming months and years.
Scotland’s First Minister hosted an emergency summit back on 4 September 2015 to prepare Scotland to play an active role in alleviating the suffering of thousands of people. After that summit, a special taskforce was formed to co-ordinate Scotland’s humanitarian and practical response to the refugee crisis.
Scottish Government Ministers, the Scottish Refugee Council, the UK Government, local authorities and representatives from public bodies across Scotland are brought together under the chair of the Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf.
As the taskforce prepares for the arrival of new refugees in Scotland, charities have been overwhelmed with offers of support from the public. Thousands of people across Scotland have offered their homes, their time and friendship to men, women and children desperately in need of compassion and solidarity. If you have time or skills to support refugees in Scotland please register your support.
Scotland Welcomes Refugees also encourages donations to a number of charities working with refugees in Scotland.