The wonderful note Nicola Sturgeon sent to refugees as they arrived in Scotland

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Friday 22 July 2016 16:30
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At the end of June, people from across Scotland were asked to show solidarity with new arrivals as part of the country's Refugee Festival.

As part of the festival, Welcoming Edinburgh, a local charity which helps refugees to integrate in Scotland, asked people to write messages of support to those who had fled war, famine or persecution.

After seeing so many messages flood in, deputy director Elaine Mowat explained to indy100 that the team thought it would be a nice idea to get one from Nicola Sturgeon.

After sending her a message a few weeks ago, the charity received her hand-written response on Monday:

Picture: Welcoming Edinburgh

I am delighted to welcome you.

Scotland is now your home + we are privileged to have you here.

I hope you find the peace and safety that you need to rebuild your lives.

Best wishes,

Nicola Sturgeon

First minister of Scotland

Which is a bit different from the welcome new arrivals have received elsewhere in the UK...

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