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South Ayrshire gets set to welcome Syrian refugee families

 22 January 2016  |  

Around 42 Syrian refugees will move to South Ayrshire over the next five years, following agreement by South Ayrshire Council. 

The Council is committed to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and has been working with partner agencies and local organisations to ensure a joined-up approach is taken to providing support. This includes meeting housing, health, social and educational needs.

Housing is likely to be provided using a mix of Council, registered social landlord and private sector properties. However, high-demand Council houses will continue to be made available to people on existing waiting lists – and will not be used for Syrian families.

The Home Office will provide resources to support the Council in integrating Syrian families into communities, schools and employment, making sure they can play a full and active role in community life.

Councillor Philip Saxton, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Customer Services, said: "We're proud to play our part to support these families – many of whom will have faced unimaginable horrors – and give them a warm South Ayrshire welcome.

"We already have a successful track record of welcoming and supporting Afghan families and we'll use that experience to make sure all necessary services and support are readily available when the first refugees arrive.

"We've been inundated with offers of support from local people and organisations and we'll certainly be making use of that to give our new residents the best possible start to their new lives in South Ayrshire.

"We can all help these families enjoy a bright and positive future and I'm sure our communities will make them feel right at home."

The families relocating to South Ayrshire will be identified by the Home Office and are expected to arrive on a phased basis over the next five years.