NI's Syrian refugees praised at event
Junior Ministers Alastair Ross and Megan Fearon have paid tribute to all the Syrian refugees living in Northern Ireland.
The ministers also commended local communities for the welcome and support they had given the Syrian families.
They were speaking one year on from the arrival of the first refugees. Some of those families held an exhibition yesterday entitled 'My Syria' which celebrated their skills and crafts at Belfast Central Library.
Junior Minister Ross (DUP) said: "The Executive has now received nearly 400 refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, which aims to support victims of violence, women and children at risk and those in need of advanced medical care.
"A year after we welcomed the first group of Syrian refugees to Northern Ireland, it is important we acknowledge the tremendous work of those who have supported the Syrian families through a difficult transition."
Junior Minister Fearon (Sinn Fein) said: "The relocation and resettlement of Syrian refugee families has been an enormous humanitarian effort. I pay tribute to the refugees who are enhancing the rich and diverse culture in the north."