Renfrewshire Council has confirmed that it will take part in a UK-wide scheme to resettle refugees from the conflict in Syria.
The UK Government is organising a resettlement programme for 150-200 refugees.
Councillors backed a proposal that Renfrewshire take in approximately 15 refugees. Those will be people who are categorised as ‘most needy’ and at ‘greatest risk.’
The scheme will focus on cases where evacuation from the region is the only option and would ‘prioritise help for survivors of torture, and women and children in need of medical care.’
Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “The conflict in Syria is a continuing and worsening humanitarian tragedy which demands a response from us all.
“I am proud that the community of Renfrewshire will, in our own small way, be playing our part in helping people who have endured hardship and suffering and have been forced to flee their home and their country.
“That level of disruption is hard for us to imagine. I am sure that people across Renfrewshire will welcome our new citizens when they arrive.”
Renfrewshire Council will draw on its successful experience of integrating refugees from Kosovo over a decade ago and will also work with other local authorities such as Glasgow City Council which has recent experience of supporting refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is expected that the first arrival of refugees in Renfrewshire will take place early in 2015.