Refugees are still arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos              Photograph: Reuters

SCOTLAND is ready to welcome around one-third of all Syrian refugees set to arrive in the UK before Christmas – but last night campaigners said Westminster must do more.

Europe is in the grip of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, with millions of people fleeing conflict now scattered in camps across Europe and the Middle East and millions more walking to safety in the West.

The UK Government has repeatedly refused to open its doors to what David Cameron labelled “swarms” of migrants and will instead accept only a limited number of displaced Syrians.

Around 20,000 refugees from camps surrounding the war-torn country will be allowed in over a five-year period. Yesterday the Scottish Government announced that it will resettle one-third of the 1,000 Syrians set to arrive in the UK by Christmas.

Positive Action in Housing (PAIH), which works on the front line of the refugee crisis by raising funds and providing support, advocacy and shelter, praised the Scottish Government’s “humanitarian” response.

However, director Robina Qureshi said the small numbers shame the UK and insisted Westminster must change.

Around 2,200 people from around the UK have now signed up to the PAIH refugee host scheme, offering to open their homes to those in need.

full article at:The National

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