Scots marked World Refugee Day by forming a giant human chain in Glasgow city centre to symbolically stand with refugees across the world.

Members of the public stood together in George Square to show their solidarity with people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes, and to demonstrate their connection to refugees in Scotland.

The event marked the start of the Refugee Festival Scotland (20 June – 2 July), an annual celebration of the contribution refugees make.

It follows new figures released by the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which gave the global picture of the total number of refugees around the world.

The organisers of the event, Amnesty International, Oxfam Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council, hope it sends a clear message to the world that Scotland Stands with refugees.

Jamie Livingstone, head of Oxfam Scotland, said: “World Refugee Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on the plight of refugees at a time when more people than ever before have been forced to flee their homes.


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