The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war.

Scotland is ready to act.

Refugee crisis
Nicola Sturgeon
I will ensure that Scotland does everything possible to help this refuges crisis. And I pledge, as First Minister of this country, that we stand ready to help offer sanctuary to refugees who need our help.
— Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Scotland Responds

20 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes, fleeing horrific violence and human rights abuses. 

On 4 September 2015 Scotland's First Minister hosted an emergency summit to prepare Scotland to play an active role in alleviating the suffering of thousands of people.

The First Minister has now assembled a special taskforce to co-ordinate Scotland’s humanitarian and practical response to the refugee crisis.

This taskforce, chaired by Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf, brings together Scottish Government Ministers, the Scottish Refugee Council, the UK Government, local authorities and representatives from public bodies across Scotland.

As the taskforce prepares for the arrival of new refugees in Scotland, charities have been overwhelmed with offers of support from the public. Thousands of people across Scotland have offered their homes, their time and friendship to men, women and children desperately in need of compassion and solidarity. 

What happens next?

The First Minister has agreed that Scotland will provide safety to a minimum of 1000 people in need of protection. These people are likely to have fled the civil war in Syria.

Keep updated on latest developments. 


Find out more

Find out more about why refugees are forced to flee their homes

Find out more about refugees in Scotland

Refugee task force members include

  • The Scottish Government
  • UK Government
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • British Red Cross
  • Glasgow Girls
  • STUC
  • New Scots
  • Refugee Women's Strategy Group
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Members of the refugee community in Scotland
  • Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • DWP
  • Police Scotland