Introduction

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1. Introduction

1.5 Definitions

By migrant, we primarily mean any person who comes to Scotland from outside the UK.  This includes:

  • people from the European Union (including the accession states) who come to the UK with the aim of working, studying or setting up a business;
  • people from outwith the UK who come to the UK through the Points Based System with the aim of working, studying or setting up a business; and
  • forced migrants who come to the UK to seek protection or who are resettled here by the Home Office and UNCHR (the UN Refugee Agency) - people awaiting a decision on their claim for protection are ‘asylum seekers’ and those who have been granted protection or resettled here are ‘refugees’.

Unless it is stated otherwise, when the term ‘migrant’ is used in the toolkit, it applies to each of these groups.

Some of the advice within the toolkit will have broader relevance.  For example, much of it could be relevant to settled minority ethnic communities, while the guidance on attracting and retaining migrants could also be targeted at people coming from other parts of the UK.