SYRIAN REFUGEES & ROTHESAY (Isle of Bute)

Syrian Refugees can’t cope wi island life! But Sturgeon wrote a welcome note before they were dumped wi nothing 24th July 2016

Dumped on a remote Island in a foreign country. AWFUL. But anyone that didn’t see this coming is an IDIOT.

I’ve never lived on Bute, but I’ve lived in the Western Isles. So I can make an a well educated guess to what it is like.

Island life is HARD. The people of the Highlands & Islands depend on the tourist season to see them through the winter.

EVERYTHING SHUTS from October through to April. Hotels, Tourist shops, Bars, Restaurants & Cafes etc. There are NO JOBS so NO MONEY. READ IN FULL


Bute welcomes first of 15 refugee families from Syria 4 Dec 2015

A YOUNG Syrian refugee arrived at her new home on the Isle of Bute as the local community welcomed its new residents.

The young mother and her child are part of a group of 15 families being housed on Bute, which is home to around 6,500 people, as part of the government’s move to give refuge to 20,000 people in the UK by 2020.

The refugees sailed across to Rothesay on a ferry from Gourock, having flown in to Glasgow earlier. It will be a wintry welcome for the families as Storm Desmond sweeps across the country. Those arriving on Bute are understood to be from smaller towns or rural backgrounds in Syria and Argyll and Bute councillors hope this will make it easier for them to adjust to island life. Locals have already been preparing by collecting children’s clothes and food parcels while a pop-up community centre has been established to help the families settle in to their new lives.

However, local councillor Isobel Strong said the welcome would initially be low-key to allow the new arrivals time to settle down and adjust to their new lives on the Firth of Clyde island. The refugees have been granted five-year humanitarian visas which gives them the right to work and access benefits if needed.

letters to The Buteman

Sunday 22 Nov 2015

This week’s crop of readers’ letters includes thoughts on the threat to the Bute Elderly Befrienders service, changes to the operation of local charity For Bute, and on the Syrian refugee families coming to Bute.


Syrian refugees are offered new homes on the Outer Hebrides – Britain’s most remote outpost that is more than 40 MILES off the mainland

  • The first two Syrian families will arrive in the tiny community in the spring
  • Up to four more will then follow to join a population of just 27,400 people
  • Western Isles Council reassures residents UK Government will foot the bill

Six Syrian families will be re-homed to the Outer Hebrides – Britain’s most remote community – as part of the UK’s efforts to help those fleeing war and terror.

The first two families will arrive in the spring, the Western Isles Council said today, joining a population of just 27,400 people which only has one town, Stornaway, where 8,000 people live. The 130 mile chain of islands, to the north west of mainland Scotland, is regularly battered by harsh Atlantic storms.

The Outer Hebrides is almost 700 miles from London and is Britain's most remote community - sitting more than 40 miles off the British mainland

The Outer Hebrides is almost 700 miles from London and is Britain’s most remote community – sitting more than 40 miles off the British mainland

Today the islands were battered by rain-lashed gales gusting over 60mph – with storms touching 80mph forecast later in the week. Ferries were cancelled to the islands which are over 40 miles from the mainland.

The council said in total ‘five or six’ families would be housed on the remote islands this year.

A meeting of various agencies involved took place today to plan for their arrival. Western Isles Council is currently having to find £9.8m of cuts which has led to angry protests over the threatened loss of such things as ancillary music and PE teachers as well as 84 local authority jobs.

An angry woman threatened to punch council leader, Angus Campbell, during a heated budget cuts’ meeting last week over a proposal to radically change residential care arrangements for children, which is likely to lead to the closure of the Hillcrest care home in Stornoway on Lewis with the potential loss of 28 jobs.

Affected families are furious over the plan to save £350,000 to place all children all children currently in residential care at the Action for Children-operated facility into foster care. Fears have been voiced a further 24 posts may be also affected if the knock-on effect makes the associated Action for Children service at Bayhead, Stornoway, unsustainable. But today a council spokesman stressed that the Syrian families would have no impact on the savings the council is seeking.

Money from the UK’s international aid budget is to be used to help councils house refugees from Syria. ‘The financing of this will not fall on local authorities. The first year is met from the UK overseas development budget,’ said council spokesman Nigel Scott. ‘We are taking two families in the spring and five or six in total this year. We have not identified the permanent accommodation needed or the families yet.’

The Outer Hebrides has a beautiful - if harsh - climate more than 40 miles off the British mainland. The 130 mile island chain, including South Uist, pictured, have a population of just 27,400

The Outer Hebrides has a beautiful – if harsh – climate more than 40 miles off the British mainland. The 130 mile island chain, including South Uist, pictured, have a population of just 27,400

Parts of the Outer Hebrides - set to experience a stormy week as it faces straight out into the Atlantic- are now completely uninhabited. The only town, Stornoway, has 8,000 people

On the Isle of Bute, where 12 Syrian families arrived in the seaside town of Rothesay in early December, the council has hired two dedicated translators to work with the new arrivals.

On November 17, the first charter flight carrying families mainly from camps bordering Syria touched down at Glasgow airport during a relentless downpour. Since then, more than 300 men, women and children have been settled across the country by half of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

Scotland has welcomed one in three of the thousand refugees David Cameron agreed to take before the end of the year, although the Scottish government’s proportionate commitment was to take 10 per cent of the total number over five years.

With the first plane-load landing days after the Paris attacks in November, concerns were raised that some people would conflate the refugees’ arrival with the terrorist threat. But after the first arrivals, first minster Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘Let me be clear – people across Scotland and the UK have every right to seek and receive assurances from their governments that robust security checks are being carried out and that public safety is not being comprised.

When the first refugees arrived in November, first minister Nicola Sturgeon, in South Ayrshire today, said she was proud Scotland was playing its partDavid Cameron, in Downing Street this weekend, is under pressure to take more refugees into Britain

When the first refugees arrived in November, first minister Nicola Sturgeon, left in South Ayrshire today, said she was proud Scotland was playing its part. David Cameron, right in Downing Street this weekend, is under pressure to take more refugees into Britain

‘But, here in Scotland and across the UK, we should also feel proud that we are providing refuge for some very vulnerable individuals who are fleeing for safety from the type of people who carried out the Paris attacks.’

Scottish authorities are aware that those listed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for immediate resettlement include some of the most vulnerable and traumatised individuals, and have protected their privacy as they begin their new lives in Scotland.

The UK spent £100m of its aid budget on asylum seekers in this country over the last financial year, the Treasury says.

Under Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rules, money spent on the first year of an asylum seeker’s stay can count as foreign aid.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to take in thousands more refugees made him examine the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme.

People arriving in the UK in need of protection usually have to apply for asylum – and if this is granted they get ‘refugee’ status.

But people brought to Britain under VPR have not gone through this process.. Instead, they have been granted Humanitarian Protection, a status normally used for people who ‘don’t qualify for asylum’ but would be at ‘real risk of suffering serious harm’ in their home country.

Like people granted refugee status, those given Humanitarian Protection can stay for five years, after which they can apply to settle in the UK.

People in both categories have the right to work and access public funds.


LETTER FROM ROTHESAY


From Syria to Scotland’s migrant island
Rothesay off the west coast of Scotland is the unlikely new home for Syrian refugees.  1/11/16

ROTHESAY, Scotland — Rothesay has seen better days. Once a thriving tourist town dubbed “Madeira of the north,” it now has the boarded-up shops and crumbling buildings that are the hallmarks of many a British seaside resort. The tourists are no longer coming in great numbers, but the Syrian refugees are: 15 families have fled the Middle Eastern country and made their way to the town on the Isle of Bute, off the west coast of Scotland. It is a culture shock, for both sides. Bute is an isolated place, only accessible by ferry from the mainland. But it has unoccupied and available social housing and a local authority willing to help the almost 50 refugees who arrived just before Christmas after making their way from Syria to Lebanon and on to Europe.

The council advised the new arrivals not to talk to the media as they try to acclimate to their new, much colder, surroundings. But far from hiding away, many are out and about in the town. Within 10 minutes of getting off the ferry, I saw a refugee couple out for a walk with their young child in a stroller. What made them stand out was their youth, not their ethnicity.A photo of Rothesay in 1936 by ArgyllFoto  They were attracting a lot of attention. A local man stopped to shake their hands, another waved and made small talk about the weather. A young refugee on a bike rode by. “Nice new bike,” yelled a local man. Normal, everyday interaction in small town Scotland. I asked the couple if they would like to talk, but the man shrugged and made an “I don’t understand” gesture with his hands. His wife did understand, but politely declined. “We’ve had trouble with photos so far, some news have written bad things. We don’t want to talk any more I don’t mean you have been bad, but…” Her voiced trailed off as she wished me a good day and they continued on their walk. The message is clear; they want to be left alone, and the townsfolk seem mostly happy to let them do so.

Syrian refugee families arrive at their new homes on the Isle of Bute.

“We’ve got to live and let live,” said a man out walking his dog. “They’ve got to go somewhere, right? I’d like to think if we were in the same position, people would do the same for us.”

But it’s not all been rosy. Locals are divided between those who welcome the refugees with open arms and those who are angry at the local authorities for giving refugees free accommodation, cash handouts and even free bikes for children on an island with high rates of unemployment and poverty.

According to Argyll and Bute Council, 10 towns in the region are in the 15 percent most deprived areas in Scotland. Rothesay is on that list.

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Scotland has been receptive to migrants, welcoming 40 percent of the 1,000 refugees Prime Minister David Cameron agreed that the U.K. would take in before the end of 2015. Rothesay is one of the more rural options, but there are plans to move families to even more remote areas, including Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula, about as Western as Western Scotland gets.

Julie Hepburn of the volunteer organization Scotland Supporting Refugees said: “People here are really keen to help in any way they can. I’ve been inundated with people contacting our Facebook page who want to help the refugees arriving in Scotland.”

In Rothesay, local shopkeepers are doing their best to help, expanding their product ranges to suit the new arrivals and moving away from the foods Scotland is best known for — haggis, shortbread, deep-fried Mars bars.

{Wot a heap o SHITE! What about Salmon or Angus Beef, Porridge, Tattie Scones, Crannachan, Oatcakes, Clootie Dumpling, Venison, Cheesy Scones, Tablet, Bramble Jelly & that’s only a few that Scots actually eat regularly! & as for deep fried mars bars.. REALLY? Seriously, who eats that crap??}

The Rothesay branch of budget supermarket chain Londis is run by Baljit Singh Virdi, who was keen to welcome the refugees and their business. “There are already about 35 Polish families on the island, and I would like it if hundreds more families came to Rothesay. I’m so glad the refugees from Syria are coming here,” he told the BBC.

“They [the refugees] do come into the shop, but the language barrier can be a bit of a problem,” said the cashier in Londis as a Syrian family walked into the store, “but Mr. Virdi has tried to get some food in for them.” The local butcher says he doesn’t have the space to prepare halal meat, but the co-op supermarket is taking steps to source products that might suit the Syrian palate. Locals have gone as far as setting up a skills bank, where people can offer help, services or goods for the Syrians. The only Arabic speaker on the island before the Syrian arrivals — a school teacher who commutes from the mainland — has offered to help the families navigate the choppy waters of everyday Scottish island life.

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Rothesay is only accessible by ferry from the west coast of Scotland

Not everyone will be contributing to the skills bank. Mark Lingard, a former soldier who lives on Rothesay, said he was angry, not at the refugees but at the politicians who allowed them in

“It sickens me, I served my country and now it’s being gambled away by those who sit so high in office they can barely see us on the ground and how it affects us,” he said. Lingard claims he led a group of 100 people who “invaded” a council meeting about the relocation of refugees, arguing that a “lack of inclusion of islanders on such a serious and radical decision was both insulting and segregating.”

The politicians are focusing on the positives.

Humza Yousaf is Scotland’s minister for Europe and for international development, and a Muslim. He said he was “deeply proud” of Scotland’s efforts. “Many were expecting to face a freezing winter under canvas in refugee camps. Instead they are settled into safe new homes and have laid the foundations for a happy and productive new life in Scotland.”

Michael Russell, member of the Scottish parliament for Argyll and Bute, said he was “very impressed with how the council have handled this” — adding that “we don’t normally agree on things like this. These are communities with open housing, and it’s great to see them being put to use,” Russell said, adding that he feels that “morally this is the right thing to do, and practically as well.”

In a press release, the local council said it was “aware of the individual backgrounds [of the Syrian families] and … confident that they are going to the right community; one which will allow them to settle in.”

A child from one of the Syrian refugee families arriving at their new homes on the Isle of Bute.

A child from one of the Syrian refugee families arriving at their new homes on the Isle of Bute.


 

DISCOVERING THIS NEXT BIT, BLEW MY POP SOX OFF!

The following are extracts taken frm HERE

 Feb 16th 2016

  • The Isle of Bute, on the Cowal peninsula, is due to welcome 15 Syrian families.

  • Twelve Syrian families arrived in Rothesay in early December

  • Many of the refugee families had children and babies.

Bute has been nicknamed the ‘Madeira of Scotland’ and the late Lord Dick Attenborough and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovic have had homes there.

Idyllic: The seafront at Ascog near Rothesay, on the east coast of the isolated and tiny Isle of Bute, nicknamed the 'Madeira of Scotland'

Idyllic: The seafront at Ascog near Rothesay, on the east coast of the isolated and tiny Isle of Bute, nicknamed the ‘Madeira of Scotland’

The island has a population of just 6,498 which swells in the Summer months due to tourism.

The MADEIRA of Scotland?  W T F ?  Who gave it that’nickname’? because the likelihood o it bein a local, is pretty damn slim! I would doubt many know where Madeira is!

& for those who dont, heres a very basic map

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago located in the north Atlantic Ocean. West and slightly south of PORTUGAL

Population approx 267,785 (2011)

The capital of Madeira is Funchal on the main island’s south coast

Madeira is Portuguese for   *WOOD*

The National Flag of Madeira

Nazi style cross & 3 of the fave Masonic Colours. Blue, Red & Yellow

Airport Runway/Landing Strip

It boasts a bizarre airstrip, said to be one of the toughest in the world to land on.

Wiki..  On 19th of Nov 1977  Boeing 727 over-ran Madeira Airport‘s runway, crashed onto the beach and exploded.

Plane ~   7  2  7

Date ~    1 9   09   1 9 7 7

Passengers ~

   164      on board

   131       died

   33        survived

{Nope, none o their weird number shite here!}

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3 thoughts on “SYRIAN REFUGEES & ROTHESAY (Isle of Bute)

  1. Sorry to see Scotland go the way of England and the rest of Europe. These so called refugees do not want to become Scottish or European and eventually your freedoms or religion to the clothes you wear will be dictated to you by Sharia law. Sharia Police now are legal in both Germany and Austria. Good luck, I hope the suffering will be short lived.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Very much appreciated.
      We all know it’s not the refugees that are to blame & I i’m pretty sure i speak for majority o Scots when i say, we hope every single refugee has a peaceful time here & gets back home safe & sound.

      Unfortunately we live in a perverse world, where the lunatics have full control o the asylum!! Humanity is struggling worldwide. Hopefully not for too much longer!
      I stand (like any “normal” person!) Firmly on the side of humanity.

      Love & best wishes to you & your family. Stay safe! Cat xx

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