Friday, 23 December 2016 09:32


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SNP MP Anne McLaughlin has teamed up with a Glasgow based refugee support group as part of their Christmas drive to welcome refugees who have resettled in Scotland as the festive celebrations approach.

The MP for Glasgow North East today visited Refuweegee, a Glasgow based community group that works to welcome refugees who have settled in Scotland through a number of initiatives. Anne McLaughlin MP this morning joined the charity at Garnethill Multicultural Centre, where they held a free lunch, and provided people with the opportunity to meet and pass on clothes, books and children’s toys to those in need.

Refuweegee launched its winter survival stations last month - pop up donation drop offs- to ensure that people in Glasgow are supported over the winter months.

The community-based group also organise bag packing and donation drives across Glasgow.

The SNP have consistently pressured the UK government to do more to help refugees and have called for an increase in the numbers to re-settle in the UK.

In Scotland, the SNP Government has resettled more than 1000 refugees across Scotland as part of the Syrian Resettlement Scheme.

Commenting on her visit, Anne McLaughlin MP, said:

"I am delighted to join this fantastic local initiative, which provides invaluable support to refugees.

“This is a time of year when families are getting together with their loved ones and enjoying those family moments and festive celebrations. But at the same time our television screens and news broadcasts are filled with images of refugees escaping hell in different parts of the world and undergoing harrowing journey’s to escape them.

“Scotland has already resettled over 1,000 Syrian refugees and welcomed them into our communities and we look forward to welcoming anyone that needs a home and we will continue to push the UK government to play their moral role and duty to extend that welcome to more refugees.

“It is important at this time of the year to extend a warm welcome to refugees and it’s also important to highlight the work that many of these community-based projects like Refuweegee do to ensure that those who may have lost everything have additional support.”

Selina Hales, founder of Refuweegee, said:

“It's so important that we are able to pass things on to people in a way that doesn't divide or cause discomfort. The pop-ups are social occasions where we get to meet and share food. People can choose items themselves and speak to us about other needs or wants.”