Stirling Council has approved a new policy to reaffirm its commitment to participate in resettlement schemes both now and in the future.

A total of 12 families displaced from a range of humanitarian crises are currently resettled across the Stirling area with the support of the Council, local organisations and communities.

A new policy has today been approved to reflect the current situation in Afghanistan, and give greater flexibility to help the Council resettle people displaced by humanitarian crises in all forms.

Right thing to do

Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “We are stepping up to the plate here and playing our full role in dealing with a humanitarian crisis which has developed as the US and UK forces left Afghanistan.

“The UK and Scottish Governments have requested we play our part as a Council and I’m proud to do that and support these families coming into the Stirling area. It’s also the moral, ethical and right thing to do.”

As part of the new Policy, the Council has set out its strategic aim to provide sanctuary for people recognised as being eligible under the terms of any Resettlement Scheme, where operationally possible.

The Council also gave a commitment to resettle six to 10 families from the current crisis under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, the Locally Employed Staff and the ongoing Afghan Resettlement programmes.

Any further request from the UK Government to resettle more families will be brought before Council.

Belong, participate and thrive

Cllr Chris Kane, Depute Leader, said: “Stirling will welcome those fleeing crisis, those who are displaced from their homes or those who are forced to leave their country, with open arms, always.

“Global instability is on the rise and displaced families continue to need sanctuary. This policy will ensure resettled individuals will have access to comprehensive and quality integration support, including access to English language classes at a suitable level and individual integration plans.

“Crucially, these families and individuals will also be supported to belong, participate and thrive in their new communities.”