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Seòmar agus comataidhean

World Refugee Day and Refugee Week 2023

  • Submitted by: Kaukab Stewart, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 June 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-09301
  • Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament marks World Refugee Day on 20 June 2023, and Refugee Week from 19 to 25 June; notes that the theme for Refugee Week’s 25th anniversary is compassion; understands that Refugee Week is the world’s largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary; notes that Refugee Week’s vision is “for refugees and asylum seekers to be able to live safely within inclusive and resilient communities, where they can continue to make a valuable contribution”; considers that the UK Government’s proposed Illegal Migration Bill is dehumanising and immoral and in breach of the UK’s obligations under both the 1951 Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights; welcomes Scotland’s New Scots approach to support refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into communities from day one of arrival, and notes what it sees as Scotland’s strong commitment to welcoming refugees and asylum seekers who are seeking sanctuary.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Colin Beattie, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Bob Doris, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Christine Grahame, Emma Harper, Clare Haughey, Fiona Hyslop, Bill Kidd, Ben Macpherson, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba