NORTH Ayrshire looks set to re-home a further 60 refugees over the next three years. 

The council's cabinet will meet to agree the terms next Tuesday afternoon and they will also be updated on the current programme that has been in place since 2015. 

Back in September '15, the Council agreed to re-settle 100 refugees over a four-year period but North Ayrshire is well in advance of meeting the target with 93 refugees resettling within just two years. 

To prepare for the arrival of Syrian refugees and to ensure their successful resettlement and integration the Council established the Syrian Refugee Task Force, chaired by the Executive Director for Place.

This provides strategic direction and ensures delivery of operational support across all services that are engaging with and supporting Syrian families.

The first families arrived in November 2015 and 34 parents and 59 children have since moved to North Ayrshire. 

The report states that the families have settled well and have been warmly welcomed into North Ayrshire's communities. 

There are many examples of local people offering practical and emotional support including food, clothing, electrical items and access to wi-fi so they can contact family members abroad.

A local church has given access to their facilities for religious purposes and joint community events have taken place.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet will agree to extend the re-settlement programme within North Ayrshire to accommodate up to a further 60 refugees by 2021 and all support costs will be met through the Home Office's grant funding.