‘Afghan refugees are welcome here’: public pledge made by Dumfries and Galloway Council

Councillors from various political backgrounds put on a united front in offering a safe haven for families fleeing the crisis-torn country.

Dee and Glenkens Councillor Dougie Campbell is a former director of the Scottish Refugee Council and mentor to refugees.

At last week’s full council meeting, he said: “Through that experience I made very good friends with a refugee family who witnessed their entire family being slaughtered by Islamists terrorists, and they managed to escape to the UK.

“At that time when they arrived in Glasgow, they had no education whatsoever. Now one is an occupational health assistant and the other has a degree in finance and auditing.

“Through that benefit of coming to our country, they are contributing in a very positive way to the wellbeing of our society.

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“What I do know is that the scars are very real for that family, and that will be the same for Afghan refugees who will arrive here in Dumfries and Galloway, both as part of the current ARAP (Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Programme) scheme but also if we agree to support the new Afghan Resettlement Scheme.

“This commitment we make to them has to be a lifetime commitment to support them because they have experienced many, many horrors and have great fears for their family back home.

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