New website to help co-ordinate Scotland's response to the refugee crisis

A new website has been launched to help co-ordinate Scotland's response to the international refugee crisis.

Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf made the announcement of the new website following the 2nd meeting of the refugee taskforce.

Mr Yousaf said:

"Scotland is firm in its commitment to helping the most vulnerable people in crisis and to accepting our fair share of whatever number of refugees the UK takes.

"We have been overwhelmed with practical offers of support from ordinary people across Scotland – all wanting to help alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable people caught up in this humanitarian emergency.

"Scotland's response has been amazing so far. There are people from all walks of life in different parts of Scotland wanting to do what they can to help. There are many groups and organisations already taking practical steps and we really welcome this enthusiasm and energy. This new website will provide an important addition in marshalling Scotland's efforts in our concerted and organised response to this refugee crisis.

"The work of the Taskforce is well underway, and we will make sure that Scotland is ready to give the very best of Scottish welcomes to the refugees who are fleeing their homes and seeking protection, safety and security."

The new website will be a focal point for anyone wanting to donate time, skills, goods, accommodation or other practical help to refugees arriving in Scotland.