Scotland's Perfect Response to the Refugee Crisis

November 18th 2015

Kyle Jaeger

On Tuesday, more than 100 refugees entered Scotland as part of the U.K.'s plan to accept 1,000 people fleeing religious and political persecution by Christmas. And those refugees received a warm welcome from the country's newspaper, the National.

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"To those first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we'd just like to say: welcome to Scotland," the message on the front cover reads.

The Scottish government has been particularly supportive of efforts to bring in refugees following the attacks in Paris, which left more than 120 people dead last week. While other governments have pushed back, citing fears about violent extremism, Scotland has embraced Syrian refugees.

"These people are fleeing their homes in the search for protection and security, and we are their refuge," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday. "We cannot let the actions of the few destroy the safety of the many."

In an effort to expedite the process of accepting refugees into the country, Scotland established a government task force in September that has been coordinating the response to the humanitarian crisis.

Scotland's compassionate approach to Syrian refugees stands in stark contrast to the U.S., where a growing list of politicians, including governors, have voiced their opposition to accepting any refugees, arguing that it would put the country at risk of terrorist attacks.

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President Barack Obama has condemned the 30 Republican governors who said that would reject refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, calling it a "betrayal of our values."

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

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