Glasgow first to show it cares again

GLASGOW is not found wanting when it comes to offering help and support to people in need around the world.

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The city was the first to take asylum seekers in the dispersal programme from London in 2000 and many thousands have made the city their home in the years since.

It is right that we should take our responsibilities as global citizens seriously and the Syrian refugees can be assured of a warm welcome.

The programme is not without challenges with pressure on education and health services but the experience of the last decade means the city is well prepared and knows what to expect.

And when the authorities are not treating those they offered to help properly, people in Glasgow don't stand idly by as we saw with Noreen Real and Jean Donnachie, who won the Scotswoman of the Year award for their efforts to help asylum seekers integrate with the local community.

And the Glasgow Girls who stood up for their friends who suffered dawn raids and face deportation is an example of the compassion shown to others who quickly became friends.

The numbers coming from Syria may be smaller, but they will find the same outward looking, caring city as other have before them.

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