Scotland’s minister for Europe and international development has spoken of his pride at the welcome shown to the country’s first Syrian refugee families.
Speaking at an event in Glasgow on Sunday organised by the Scottish Communities Initiative, Humza Yousaf said the Scottish Government would continue to do its best to alleviate the suffering of the country’s people.
Mr Yousaf’s audience at the Glasgow Central Mosque included refugee families who have been provided with accommodation in Rothesay, and some of the community volunteers who have helped them settle in to their new island surroundings.
“One of the proudest days of my life was when the first plane touched town at Glasgow Airport on November 17, bringing the first contingent of refugees from Syria,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in Scotland for one day, one month or for all of your life. I want you to know that Scotland - Glasgow, and Edinburgh, and Perth, and of course Rothesay - is your home.
“I will give you this promise on behalf of the Scottish Government and the First Minister: so long as people are suffering in Syria, the people of Scotland will stand with you to help in any way that we can.”