An Open Letter to Perth & Kinross Council Regarding Welcoming Afghan Refugees

6th September 2021

 

PKAVS have released an Open Letter to Council Leader Murray Lyle signed by 24 local faith and community organisations and elected representatives in Perth & Kinross so far. The letter expresses their willingness to support those Afghan refugees who are relocated to Perth & Kinross; and asks Perth & Kinross Council to commit to receiving a proportionate number of the Afghan refugees who are re-settled in Scotland in the coming months and years.

The release of the letter follows a collection at PKAVS of items for welcome packs for the small group of refugees arriving in the near future. Local people have come out in droves to support the effort, donating toiletries, toys, books and more for the families.

Lori Hughes, Partnership & Communities Manager, said, “Perth and Kinross has outdone itself this week. Between the people coming in to donate items, and the organisations signing up wholeheartedly to offer support in the future, it’s clear that Perth & Kinross wants to provide a warm welcome. When our new arrivals touch down, I hope the warmth, willingness and kindness we have seen this week will be demonstrated in other ways and opportunities too.”

The Open Letter has been sent directly to Councillor Lyle, as well as being published via the PKAVS website. Those organisations who would like to add their signatures can still do so by emailing MinoritiesHub@pkavs.org.uk.

Please click here to read the letter.

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PKAVS have spearheaded a campaign from the faith and communities sector in our area to emphasise their support for providing safe haven to refugees fleeing the situation in Afghanistan.

Please click here to read the letter.