First meeting of Scotland’s Refugee Task Force

Speaking at the close of the first meeting today,8th September, of a new task force set up by the First Minister to coordinate Scotland’s response to the crisis in southern Europe, Europe Minister, Humza Yousaf, said that the majority of Scotland’s 32 councils have already indicated a willingness to accommodate refugees affected by the current humanitarian crisis.

The task force also announced the creation of an online hub to direct members of the public to information about how they can donate or register their willingness to help refugees in other ways.

During an emergency summit convened in Edinburgh on Friday 4th September, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland stands ready to take at least 1,000 new refugees as an immediate priority.

The operational task force brings together Scottish Ministers, the Scottish Refugee Council, the UK Government, local government and key stakeholders to coordinate Scotland’s humanitarian and practical response. This first meeting considered issues of housing, health services, language support and social services for refugees.

At its conclusion, Mr Yousaf said the task force heard from COSLA that they have had an ‘overwhelming, unprecedented response’ from local authorities in making their initial inquires.

The Minister also that the proposed online hub will also register available accommodation, proffered assistance with lessons in English as a second language, befriending services and drop off hubs for donated materials.

Mr Yousaf confirmed that this hub is expected to go live in a few days time.

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  • HY, the man who promised Scotland would give £1.5bn in overseas aid, since the First Ministers promise last week we seem to have moved the goalposts and now are talking about councils supplying housing, no one is saying how this is being funded, perhaps we can be told how many homes each council is going to provide and what impact this is going to have on the shortage of social housing in each area.

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    Richard September 8, 2015 8:28 pm Reply
  • Families on social housing waiting lists are not going to be very happy when they see refugees being given these houses.
    We keep reading in the newspapers about the lack of social housing being built yet when there is a refugee crisis houses appear like magic.
    It would be interesting to know how many social housing houses throughout Scotland are currently lying empty and not in use.

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    Treble T September 9, 2015 1:13 am Reply
  • Given the ex-first ministers ( wee eck) comments approx 12 months ago… we should all be thankful that the British Government is thinking with its head and not its heart…otherwise Scotland would now be looking to accommodate somewhere in the region of 250,000 migrants/refugees ( the lines are now blurred)

    I have to wonder why the SG has proved to be incapable of housing its own citizens and yet heartening dynamism when dealing with an international crisis, a “willingness to accommodate refugees affected by the current humanitarian crisis” ??? perhaps plastering across the daily rags graphic photographs of homeless people frozen to death on our winter streets would do the trick…??? and no I am not saying refugees escaping war are not deserving of assistance…simply pointing out the established hypocrisy amongst our Scottish politicians…and many others….

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    Karl Hughes September 9, 2015 6:25 am Reply
    • quote “simply pointing out the established hypocrisy ” unquote
      A contractor in Iraq, resident of Tiree. Economic traveller.
      Thankyou for the salary, now shove off.
      You will get no help from me in your hour of need.

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      keitho September 9, 2015 10:49 am Reply
      • Keitho and No Cheese… I am here doing something to improve the situation and have been for over 4 years… what have you been doing prior to the media hitting home with the reality of the situation ???

        moreover, a question for you two wasters…. would you support the use of an international coalition entering Syria and northern Iraq to resolve this IS…by force ?

        And finally, I will be in Marki Dans on the evening of the 16th Sept from around 20:00 until late if you fancy a pint ??? I could explain the situation and what I do first hand…first pint is on me.I am easy to spot I will be sat at the door on the left as you enter…or ask the bar staff they know me and my friends…

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        Karl Hughes September 9, 2015 4:58 pm Reply
        • Mull Mod this weekend,
          Western Isles midweek.
          MacDonald Arms most Fridays but not for too long.
          I’m the intellectual at the bar.
          Don’t do the Mish, sometimes do Macgochans.
          I’m with the YES crowd

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          keitho September 9, 2015 6:22 pm Reply
          • Never actually come across an intellectual at a bar… met plenty of narcissistic weekend warriors at bars.
            I will look you up…I have a couple of friends from the BA.MC ( West Coast)..and an old american acquaintance who rides a clapped out harley… plenty of reasons then to pop over… Keep your eyes open for a big black Tbird ….it will be easy enough to spot me and the bike…

            Oh and by the way…its been said that I’m my own crowd…I don’t feel it’s necessary to follow the pack.

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            Karl Hughes September 9, 2015 6:46 pm
          • Now Karl,
            immagine not knowing that the bars in Tob are full of intellectuals.
            I enjoy being in the YES crowd, my choice, full of charming and modest types.
            Some are Welsh, some are English and some are Scots.

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            keitho September 9, 2015 8:33 pm
    • Karl the tax avoider. No doubt if Iraq has more problems he will call on the British Taxpayer to airlift him out of harms was and seek economic migrant status in Tiree. Should we bother?

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      No Cheese Here September 9, 2015 2:21 pm Reply
      • Iraq ? more problems ? I don’t think its in any doubt that this part of the world will have more problems…
        I accept that there would be no assistance from the UK govnt… it takes a bit of soul searching to come to places like this … something I would not expect your ilk to understand….somebody needs to come here…and some of us were asked to come here by Iraq.
        You individuals are part of the problem NC/K… you can never be expected to be part of the solution… you simply do not have the necessary skills or life experience.

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        Karl Hughes September 9, 2015 5:35 pm Reply
  • Keitho, you are a sick individual with nothing to contribute.

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    Richard September 9, 2015 11:58 am Reply
    • Wrong Richard,
      plenty to contribute and with the responses I am getting seems like I am hitting the nail on the head.
      If you and your like don’t enjoy it I must be doing something right.
      I would be so disappointed to have your approval.
      The smug right wing No voting types will soon realise the world is changing fast and their comfort zone is diminishing as is their influence.
      What your are seeing on your TV screens night after night is probably just the beginning. Don’t fight it, harness its energy, and turn what may be a negative into a massive positive.
      Was it the Belgian prime minister who suggested taking EU ships to Syria to help transport the refugees and remove the need for traffickers and continual rescues when people are abandoned?
      Thinking of the solution to the problem rather than hoping it will go away is big thinking.
      The problem is not going to go away.

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      keitho September 9, 2015 2:14 pm Reply
      • haha, oh we know you have plenty to contribute keitho, we know! You sound like a 17year old that thinks he knows about politics…lol

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        JB September 9, 2015 2:23 pm Reply
        • Politics JB ?
          Your not in my league.
          Your are not even out of nappies.

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          keitho September 9, 2015 4:14 pm Reply
          • You do provide us with amusement keitho, I’ll give you that!

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            JB September 9, 2015 5:19 pm
      • I agree with everything you say, my only point would be why would a no voter like myself be right wing, the opposite in fact is true, my politics are entrenched in marxism. I find it very small minded of you indeed to assume that no voters are right wing.

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        Janet October 8, 2015 8:48 pm Reply
    • Just love your care Richard.


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      keitho September 9, 2015 8:23 pm Reply
  • Is it true that the first meeting of the Scotland’s Refugee Task Force was held in the Geography Department at the local primary school and that crayons and atlases were provided to assist the task force. A multi choice question paper wads, upon marking, then classified Secret to protect the individual task force members appalling result.

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    Alex September 9, 2015 3:40 pm Reply
    • Give Alex a lollipop, his mum will be along shortly.
      Now there’s a good boy.

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      keitho September 9, 2015 4:17 pm Reply
      • Keitho. Have you undergone a charisma by-pass by any chance? I imagine you wake up each morning arguing as to what side of the cot to roll out from.

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        Alex September 9, 2015 4:40 pm Reply

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