Dundee's refugee response


A SUSTAINABLE and measured approach to helping refugees from war-torn Syria has been laid out by the leader of Dundee City Council.

Ken Guild has announced that families fleeing the crisis who make the city their home can expect to be “treated like any other Dundonian in their time of need.”

A report to the council’s policy and resources committee considered by councillors in September agreed that the local authority would express an interest in participating in the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) Scheme.

Cllr Guild said: “We have taken our time to ensure that Dundee is not only able to accommodate refugees, but to do so in a way that meets their needs and the needs of the communities they will be living in.

“I wanted to ensure that Dundee took a positive and measured approach to the situation and not to simply start throwing numbers about, while forgetting that behind these statistics there are vulnerable and frightened people.

“Those who come to Dundee can be assured that the council and its partners who provide services in the city are ready, willing and able to make sure that refugees will have all of the support that any other Dundonian in their time of need would get.

“People in the city have rallied round to an incredible degree, making donations to charities, giving their time to collect and sort the items handed in and keeping the plight of the Syrian refugees high up the agenda.

“The council is not alone in helping refugees and the support of the voluntary sector is invaluable.”

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