Glasgow City Council leader Frank McAveety will welcome 35 refugee children from the former Calais Jungle camp to the city.
Scotland’s largest local authority are the first in the country to take in unaccompanied child refugees, who are often vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
Last week there was an urgent appeal from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to help find homes for kids who have been identified as needing immediate help.
The children are expected to start arriving in Glasgow later this month so they can be settled into their new lives. Options available include placing the youngsters with foster carers, in specialist child units or in supported accommodation.
Council leader McAveety said:
“Glasgow doesn’t turn its back to those facing a humanitarian crisis. We always do whatever we can to help. Our record on welcoming refugees is one that should be an example to all Scottish councils, as well as the Scottish and UK governments.”
Since the Jungle camp in Calais was cleared last week, at least 1500 lone children have been staying at a French container camp nearby.
Up to 500 in Calais alone may be legally entitled to come to the UK. SOURCE
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