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King Charles III

King Charles returns to Scotland to witness Aberdeen’s refugee programme

King Charles was back in Scotland to visit Aberdeen and learn more about ongoing work in the city to help refugees resettle in the country. 

Upon his arrival on October 17th 2022, His Majesty was welcomed by a cheering crowd that had gathered in front of the City Council building in hopes of seeing the Monarch. 

Once inside, the King was given a talk about the programme, which is run by Aberdeen City Council, and has helped refugees from three conflict areas of the world to settle in Scotland. 

His Majesty also met with some of the refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria who have been supported by the programme, some of whom shared their stories. One of those people included Inna Skvortsova, a Ukrainian refugee who arrived from the country in the early stages of the invasion and is now a member of the Council committee. She is part of the efforts to help compatriots settle in the UK.

Aberdeen City Council has worked for years with other authorities, as well as many other organisations that, in time, became partners of the project; together, they have helped more than 1000 people receive shelter, healthcare, education and other essential services for those who have been displaced by conflict.