The Scottish government has said that Ukrainian refugees currently living on a cruise ship will be moved from the boat to “longer-term accommodation”.

He confirmed that the contract for the use of MS Ambition, currently moored off Glasgow, expires on March 31 this year.

Neil Gray, the minister in charge of refugees from Ukraine, said the use of the vessel, which is now carrying about 1,170 Ukrainians, including 420 children, was always a temporary measure.

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He added that the Scottish Government would now seek to “make full use” of both existing and new volunteers to provide refugees with a place to live.

The announcement to end its use comes after ministers last month extended the contract of another ship used to host refugees, the MS Victoria, which is based outside Edinburgh, by a further five months.


MS Victoria moored outside Edinburgh

Mr Gray said: “MS Ambition was a temporary provision Scotland can respond to the humanitarian crisis facing people in Ukraine and provide an immediate place of safety for displaced persons.

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“Our focus now is to provide sustainable long-term housing for Ukrainians currently on MS Ambition and other desirable accommodation to ensure they have the support they need to build a home in Scotland for as long as they need it.

“This includes making full use of existing and new volunteers. I am very grateful to the people who are already accepting and also to those who have already submitted their details and are still waiting to be selected.

“And I encourage anyone who is thinking of becoming a host to come forward and give them a warm welcome.”

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