October 21, 2016

First of 1,000 Syrian refugees arrive to live on Scotland’s Isle of Bute

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Fifteen families were welcomed by the Isle of Bute’s small population on Friday after being granted leave to remain in the UK for five-years, after which they can apply to settle permanently.

They were given hot water bottles and food hampers by local charities as they stepped off the ferry onto the Firth of Clyde island just off Scotland’s south-west coast.

Having made the long journey from their war-torn homeland they were taken to council homes on a street on the island which they will now call home.

More families are set to arrive on Bute over the next few weeks, which will bring the total to 28 adults and 31 children, topping up the small 6,300-strong population.

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