'Duty' to give asylum.
Byline: Natalie Walker
SCOTS are opening their arms to asylum seekers, a new study has found.
Around 65 per cent believe the country has a duty to look after the 100,000 people currently sheltering from persecution here.
In addition, 82 per cent think refugees have the right to work and 60 per cent think it is wrong that children are detained in secure units while their family's application is considered.
Judith Robertson, of Oxfam Scotland, said: 'This is a welcome affirmation that Scots still see their country as one which should offer sanctuary for people escaping from humans rights abuses or conflict.'
Ian Duncan Ian Duncan (born June 23, 1961) is one of Kenya's most successful rally drivers. He was Kenyan Rally Champion five times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 2000), and achieved outright victory in a World Rally Championship round when he won the 42nd Trustbank Safari Rally , of the Scottish Refugee Council Scottish Refugee Council was formed in 1985 to provide advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers seeking protection in Scotland. The charity has grown considerably since then, and has its headquarters in Glasgow, and outreach work in Edinburgh. , added: 'This poll confirms Scotland's reputation for tolerance.' He also said many asylum seekers were skilled professionals, adding: 'They are eager to work and contribute to our society.'
But they can not legally work until their application for asylum is granted - which can take five years.
Annie Kanyendo, who fled Zambia to live in Glasgow, said: 'It is very hard to support yourself and your children, and you lose your skills and self-esteem.'
Rosemary Burnett Rosemary Burnett is the former head of Amnesty International (Scotland) having left the position in January of 2007 to contest the 2007 Scottish Parliament Election as a Scottish Green Party candidate. She was second on the Greens Party's "list" for the Glasgow region. , of Amnesty International Amnesty International (AI,) human-rights organization founded in 1961 by Englishman Peter Benenson; it campaigns internationally against the detention of prisoners of conscience, for the fair trial of political prisoners, to abolish the death penalty and torture of Scotland, said she was pleased so many Scots were opposed to children being held in secure units such as Dungavel Detention Centre in Lanarkshire.
Only14 per cent of Scots asked did not think Scotland should welcome refugees.
PLEASED: Rosemary Burnett