• Shona Robison MSP

At The Scottish Parliament today I was pleased to close The Scottish Government debate on the following motion:

World Refugee Day – Welcoming and Supporting Refugees in Scotland’s Communities:

That the Parliament uses the opportunity of World Refugee Day to welcome people who have sought refuge in Scotland from war and persecution, including refugees, people seeking asylum, people relocated from Afghanistan and displaced people from Ukraine; recognises the contribution that refugees, people seeking asylum, people who have arrived under refugee resettlement and relocation schemes, people granted discretionary leave or humanitarian protection and displaced people arriving under specific visa routes have made to Scotland over many years; thanks local authorities, communities, individuals, the third sector and faith organisations that have supported, and are supporting, refugees, people seeking asylum and displaced people to settle in the country; commends the key principle of the New Scots refugee integration strategy that integration begins from day one of arrival, and celebrates the opportunity to connect and share stories through Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • Shona Robison MSP

In my capacity as The Scottish Government Social Justice Secretary I met with parents in Dundee today to talk about the support they and their families need.

I also heard of the vital work of Save the Children UK, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Home-Start Dundee as we take forward our national mission to tackle child poverty.