Glasgow may not be the city of her birth, but for the winner of the Scottish Women in Business’ Spotlight Award, it’s been the city where Remzije has spent two decades giving back to its people.
Almost 20 years ago to the day, Remzije and her family landed on the turf of Prestwick Airport — their only possessions being the clothes on their back.
Earlier that day, along with her husband and their three teenage sons, she’d been one of thousands of families living in squalid conditions under the canvas of refugee camps in Macedonia.
Just weeks before, the family had been forced to flee Kosovo following a grenade attack on their home by Serbian armed forces, in its barbaric attempt to cleanse the country of Kosovan Albanians.
Driven that first night to their new home on the 21st floor of the old Red Road Flats, Remzije recalls her feeling of relief.
“I was the most happiest person that night for just having that roof over our heads,” she says. “For me it became like a castle that two-bedroom flat.”
Within a few weeks of her arrival, a meeting room on the 21st floor of the high rise had been set up to give the community a voice.
15 years on, Remzije is the network’s director, where with committed support staff and local authority and Scottish Government funding, refugees and local migrant communities are given the opportunity to thrive in Glasgow.
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