For a more humane and welcoming Europe

On World Refugee Day, the Scottish Green Party today [Monday 20th] called on people in Scotland to vote Remain in the EU Referendum to protect refugees.

In light of reports from the UN which show that 1 in every 113 people worldwide are displaced, Green spokesperson on Europe and External Affairs Ross Greer MSP and party co-convener Maggie Chapman led calls for a more humane and welcoming Europe.

Ross Greer MSP today visited Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow, which encourages cross-cultural understanding in local communities. He said:

“The worldwide refugee crisis is at its worst level in history. That crisis doesn't stop if Britain votes to leave the EU. We need a Europe-wide response to the crisis. As a Green, I’m proud of the welcoming attitude Scotland has shown towards people fleeing conflict. By voting to Remain this Thursday we can send a strong message that we will continue to play our part in providing shelter, opportunity and hope.” 

Scottish Green Party co-convener Maggie Chapman added;

“We must reaffirm our commitment to welcoming and supporting those fleeing conflict and devastation, seeking safety and security. We must treat refugees and asylum seekers with dignity and respect, and seek peaceful and humanitarian solutions to conflict.

“Refugees and their descendants have contributed immensely to our society and welcoming refugees is a fundamental characteristic of a civilised country. As Greens we fight for a Europe that not only accepts refugees but welcomes them.”