Scotland has welcomed more than a quarter of all Syrian refugees who have arrived in the UK in the past two years, it has emerged. Just over 7,000 refugees have arrived in the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme (SVPRP) since 2015, of which 1,800 have settled in Scotland. The figures come after a report suggested vulnerable lone refugee children in Europe have been left in danger and at risk of trafficking by the British Government which has not taken any child refugees this year under the Lord Dubs scheme.
This is despite committing to resettle 3,000 youngsters from Syria by 2020. SNP Edinburgh Northern and Leith MSP Ben Macpherson said: “It’s excellent that Scotland has welcomed over a quarter of those Syrian refugees who have arrived in the UK, under the resettlement program, since 2015. “But more needs to be done – in what is an off-the-scale humanitarian crisis that’s difficult to comprehend here at home. “A recent all-party inquiry revealed that the UK public would not tolerate the UK government turning away from this humanitarian crisis if they were more aware of what was happening. “It also reported that UK ministers have done ‘as little as legally possible’ to help unaccompanied lone children who have fled war and conflict, which has left them vulnerable to trafficking.
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