Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has argued that the international community must come together and provide a global response to the on-going refugee crisis.
Ms McTaggart was speaking during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on the global refugee crisis on Tuesday 15th September.
During her speech, Ms McTaggart highlighted that so far in 2015, more than 350,000 desperate people have made the journey across the Mediterranean Sea. She also stated that more than 2,700 people have died trying to reach Europe, with the majority of them drowning in the Mediterranean.
Ms McTaggart played tribute to Glasgow City Council who have already provided homes to 55 Syrians who have fled the war in their home country with a commitment to taking in more. She also spoke of her pride in the success of the Glasgow sees Syria event which took in George Square on Saturday, and praised new council leader Frank McAveety for calling on the UK Government to accept more refugees.
Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said:
“We recently saw the almost unprecedented sight of seven different political parties in the House of Commons uniting behind a clear and simple message: the UK must do more to provide aid in the humanitarian crisis.
“The people of Scotland were quick to recognise that we must do more to help, and, in response, I am certain that we in this Parliament are united in adopting a strong cross-party approach. Councils around Scotland are already working to resettle refugees, and we will support the collection of aid for delivery to refugees
“We need a comprehensive global programme that can help those who have already made the deadly voyage to Europe and those who are displaced in their own country. We also need to go much further than what has been proposed to date. Britain has a long history of welcoming people who are fleeing war and persecution. This time should be no different.”
You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech in full here.