Argyll and Bute ‘to welcome at least 20 refugees’

Communities across Scotland are mobilising to help refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.
Communities across Scotland are mobilising to help refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.

Refugees fleeing the Syrian war zone are to be welcomed into Argyll and Bute, the local council has decided.

The authority announced on Tuesday that at least 20 refugees will be offered housing and support in the area, with the possibility of more in the future.

Most of Scotland’s local authorities have indicated a willingness to accommodate refugees displaced by the crisis.

Council leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “We have a moral duty to help. We cannot sit back and do nothing while these poor people try desperately to escape war torn countries, risking their lives and their family’s lives in the process.

“If we can help just 20 people, then that’s 20 people who will have the opportunity of a better life.”

Councillor Walsh continued: “We will be working alongside our community planning partners to discuss the best way to support them and to integrate them into our communities.

“The spirit of positivity – of moving forward together – is much, much more than a title or a theme. Here in Argyll and Bute it is, quite simply, how we think and what we do.”

Councillor Sandy Taylor, leader of the authority’s opposition SNP group, added: “The whole of Scotland was horrified with the image of that little boy, dead on the beach.

“We are a compassionate nation and Argyll is a place that has always taken in strangers. The SNP group stands ready to ensure that we are not found wanting.”