European Council on Refugees and Exiles poster

European Council on Refugees and Exiles poster

 

Glasgow Churches Together has received an answer from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to its call for a national debate on the migrant crisis.

It reads in full: “Thank you for your email of 18 June to the First Minister of Scotland regarding the concerns of Glasgow Churches Together.

“Although immigration and asylum are matters reserved to the UK Government, the Scottish Government supports a system of sensible, managed migration which meets Scotland’s needs.

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon

“Scotland has a large, established migrant community and welcomes the contribution new Scots can make to our economy and to society.

“The Scottish Government believes that migration into the EU from third countries is an area which requires multi-lateral and collective action by the EU.

“The appalling toll of lives lost in the Mediterranean cannot be ignored. The Scottish Government welcomes the commitment from EU members states to increase search and rescue capabilities in the Mediterranean, fight trafficking and people smuggling operations, prevent illegal migration flows and offer more protection to refugees.

“On 6 May 2015, a debate was held in the Scottish Parliament on the situation in the Mediterranean. The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs called for collective action across the EU, and pressed for action on what is a humanitarian emergency.”