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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Ross Hunter

First Minister listens to concerns of refugees during charity visit in Glasgow

THE First Minister has paid a visit to a charity in Glasgow to hear about their work supporting refugees in the city.

On Friday, Humza Yousaf was welcomed by staff at the Govan Community Project, which provides advice and advocacy services for refugees in Glasgow.

As well as helping refugees and those seeking asylum with food insecurity issues, the project also provides language classes and community groups to help reduce the risk of social isolation.

During the visit Yousaf met with head of the charity Traci Kirkland, who outlined the various challenges facing the sector.

He also spoke to many of those helped by the Govan Community Project – many of whom are currently in the asylum system – about their concerns regarding housing, education, employment and public transport.

Kirkland said: “We were really happy to have Humza Yousaf visit our new office building in Govan today.

“With the asylum and refugee community facing ever increasing challenges from the UK’s hostile environment, we welcomed the opportunity to share our experiences with the First Minister; he answered a whole host of questions from our community members.

"It was good to hear how much he values the work Govan Community Project does.”

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