First of five Afghan families coming in October

Midlothian Council is preparing to welcome five Afghan families, with the first family due to arrive at the end of October.

Supporting those most at risk 

In August, councillors unanimously agreed to help relocate families as part of the UK Government scheme to support those most at risk from the Taliban regime.

Joint effort

The council and partners, including the voluntary sector and volunteers from our communities, are working together to support families as and when they arrive in Midlothian.

A traumatic time

 Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for housing, Councillor Stephen Curran said: “We cannot begin to imagine the trauma these families are experiencing. Their lives have been under threat, they’ve lost their homes, their livelihoods and had to leave behind loved ones.

Want to feel safe and secure

“I know, therefore, that local people in Midlothian will share my focus on making sure these families are welcome and can start a new life feeling safe and secure.”

We'll keep local people updated

We will let communities know via our social media and website channels on the council’s progress and how local people can respond to requests for help. 

30 Sep 2021