Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has lodged a Parliamentary Motion highlighting the annual Refugee Festival Scotland which begins today (14th June) and runs until 26th June.
Over the next two weeks a variety of events will be held across the country celebrating the contributions refugees make to life in Scotland.
Tavish’s motion also highlights the upcoming special performance due to be held in Lerwick Baptist Church on 17th June. Migrants: A Shetland Response will use aspects of the local environment to draw attention to the struggle faced by refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.
Commenting, Tavish Scott said:
“Many people have been affected by the images of refugees making desperate journeys across the Mediterranean in recent months. Events co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council, including the performance in Lerwick, show solidarity with those who have been forced to leave their homes and in many cases, their families.
“During the last Parliament, I asked Scottish Ministers what support was being given to local authorities willing to provide a home to refugees from Syria and I hope this festival will serve as a powerful reminder of the benefits of welcoming refugees into our communities."
Notes: Tavish Scott’s motion can be found below.
Motion Number: S5M-00453
Lodged By: Tavish Scott
Date Lodged: 14/06/2016
Title: Refugee Festival Scotland
Motion Text: That the Parliament recognises Refugee Festival Scotland; understands that the festival is being coordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council; notes that a variety of arts, cultural and sporting events will run from 14 to 26 June 2016; further notes that a special performance event will be held at Lerwick Baptist Church on 17 June to highlight the struggle faced by many refugees escaping war, and wishes all participants involved in the festival both in Shetland and across Scotland the best of luck.