King Charles III to meet refugee families from Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan in Aberdeen

The King will join a reception where he will meet Afghan, Syrian and Ukrainian families who have been supported by Government Schemes in Aberdeen

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King Charles III will meet with families settled in Aberdeen from Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan as part of a programme to re-settle refugees in the city.

On Monday, the monarch will hear how Aberdeen City Council programmes have supported people as well as meet with local dignitaries including Inna Skvortsova, the lead welcome hub officer and a Ukrainian woman who arrived earlier this year as part of the Ukrainian resettlement programme and now has a full-time role at the council.

He will join a reception in the Town and County Hall in the Town House where he will meet Afghan, Syrian and Ukrainian families who have been supported by Government Schemes in Aberdeen.

King Charles III
King Charles III
As Prince of Wales, Charles carried out a number of engagements with refugee communities
As Prince of Wales, Charles carried out a number of engagements with refugee communities

The King will also have an opportunity to hear personal stories from families on their evacuation, their arrival in Aberdeen and some of the challenges they have faced.

Before his departure, a choir made up of school children, university students and some of the refugee families will sing The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen.

As Prince of Wales, Charles carried out a number of engagements with refugee communities.

During an official visit to Jordan in November 2021, the King visited the Al Nuzha Community Centre which is supported by UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and met refugee families receiving UK assistance through UNHCR.

Aberdeen has resettled around 1,000 Ukrainian refugees, with capacity for more.

Approximately 170 Afghan refugees are currently staying in two hotels in the city and around 30 Syrian families have also been resettled in the city since 2014.