A WARM welcome should be given to refugees upon their arrival in East Dunbartonshire, MSP Rona Mackay has said.
It follows the announcement of a public meeting in Bearsden on March 30 to provide information on the arrival of four Syrian families and four unaccompanied child refugees from Calais.
The Strathkelvin and Bearsden SNP MSP will be attending the public meeting prior to assisting in community-based integration efforts.
Ms Mackay said:
“At long last, I am glad we can finally give those innocent victims of war a warm welcome to East Dunbartonshire.
“The families and children who have fled war and awful circumstances will be very vulnerable at this stressful time for them – so it is important we respect their privacy.
“There is a lot the public can do to help and I will be attending the upcoming meeting with a view of assisting in a community welcome group with Twechar Healthy Living Centre.”
The meeting will take place in Bearsden Hub on Thursday, March 30 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. It will include a presentation from Save the Children and an overview of the Syrian Resettlement Programme and the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Programme.
Those interested in attending the East Dunbartonshire Council meeting must book a free ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preparing-for-refugee-arrivals-registration-32844786641