More councils to accept asylum seekers

    Three more Scottish councils are to accept refugees and asylum
    seekers, according to a statement by Malcolm Chisholm, deputy
    minister for community care.

    Following a meeting with the Asylum Seeker’s Consortium,
    he made the announcement but refused to identify them at this
    stage. They are believed to be Fife, West Dunbartonshire and East
    Renfrewshire. At present, only Glasgow Council accepts refugees and
    asylum seekers.

    The consortium is made up of representatives from local
    authorities, the Scottish executive and home office.

    Chisholm urged more local authorities to participate in the
    dispersal system and pledged: “We are determined to work together
    to make sure we don’t have any more scenes of the sort we
    have witnessed in some parts of Glasgow over the past few
    days.”

    His announcement came on the same day that Glasgow Council
    announced it is to appoint a high profile mediator to improve
    relations between refugees, local residents and council
    departments. Following the second serious assault on an asylum
    seeker in the city in three days, further demonstrations occurred
    and sporadic violence broke out.

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