On March 25, Angela Maclean from BBC Eorpa reported on the effect of the pandemic on refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow.
During the first lockdown many were moved into hotel accommodation for their safety and welfare but concerns emerged about the effect of this on their mental health. A year on many remain in hotels and further concerns have been raised about conditions in a new mother and baby unit in the city.
Tha dragh mu àiteachan-fuirich do mhàthraichean agus pàistean a tha a' sireadh comraich an Alba am measg nan trioblaidean air am bi #Eòrpa ag aithris an t-seachdain-sa. Ro-shealladh air #AnLà a-nochd aig 8f agus air Eòrpa às a dhèidh aig 8.30f @bbcalba pic.twitter.com/SQcAaCwqT7— BBC Naidheachdan (@bbcnaidheachdan) March 25, 2021
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On November 8, a mural exploring Black motherhood was unveiled outside the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow. This mural is a public declaration of a commitment to racial equality and justice, and an invitation to continue to hold this hospital and others like it to account — to co-create a maternity system where everyone receives not just adequate care, but excellent care.
Amma Birth Companions has been awarded Maternity Service of Sanctuary status, recognising its support and welcome for people seeking sanctuary. The title, the first of its kind in Scotland, was awarded by City of Sanctuary UK, a nationally coordinated network of organisations and services, including councils, universities, theatres and libraries that welcome and support refugees and people seeking asylum.