Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:32

SNP welcomes EU-funded programmes for disabled refugees

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The SNP has praised United Nations projects that help refugees with disabilities, supported by EU funding, as “essential” and “yet another example of why membership of the EU is crucial”.


 
As well as urging the UK government to take more refugees, the SNP has called for EU-funded initiatives that support Syrian refugees with disabilities in a country gripped by civil war.  
 
SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron, who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability has praised the programmes and highlighted the pivotal role the EU plays in tackling the refugee crisis.
 
Commenting, the East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow MP, said:
 
“These care programmes are yet another example of why membership of the EU is crucial. Both at home and abroad, we have a central role to play and the SNP will continue to champion initiative’s like these that go to help the most in need.
 
"The programmes run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and funded by the EU, include a relief and social services disability care initiative that supports roughly 900 refugees through centres across war-torn Syria. Almost £17.7m (€23.2 million) in the past few years has gone to fund services with a section of that assisting those with disabilities.
 
The MP, and member of the International Development Committee (IDC), has urged the UK Government to ditch its negative campaign and instead follow the SNPs lead and voice the positive case for the UK to remain within the EU.
 
The SNP have been a leading voice in the refugee crisis with the party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, raising the issue at PMQs previously that resulted in the government U-turn in allowing unaccompanied refugee children to the UK.
 
She said:
 
“Whilst the EU referendum debate is dominated and dictated by internal Tory squabbles, the SNP has consistently made the positive case for the UK to remain within the EU and to lead on the refugee crisis.
 
“Being part of the EU allows us to play our full part in crises that affect us directly. Which is why outreach programmes with UNRWA and the EU need to be brought to the forefront.
 
“At a time of global conflict and uncertainty, the UK should be demonstrating its influence in the EU not looking to drag itself out.”