The weather in Glasgow in November may be terrible, but the plane-load of Syrian refugees arriving there this afternoon probably weren’t too dismayed.
The group, comprising mainly families, flew in today from refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and other countries near Syria, and include people suffering from health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
I hope that the people of Scotland will make them welcome in our country. And I wish that many more refugees could be brought here too.
Still, it’s a start. A thousand Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Britain by Christmas, and 20,000 by 2020. It doesn’t seem enough, but every one is a human being like you and me, whose life has been turned upside down by the war in Syria, and who will now be safe.
It’s what every person on this planet deserves, and I’m proud to belong to a country that is playing a part, however small.