Refugee Integration

 New Scots Strategy 2014-2017

In 2014 COSLA, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Refugee Council developed New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland's Communities Strategy. This was implemented by partners between 2014 and 2017.  It aimed to coordinate the efforts of all organisations involved in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland. Key documents in relation to the strategy can be found below:

 New Scots Strategy 2018-2022

In 2017 a wide-ranging engagement process was undertaken by partners to inform a second iteration of the strategy. Over 2000 people participated in the events across the country, including over 700 refugees and asylum seekers. The full report can be found here - New Scots 2 Engagement analysis of the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018 to 2022 (PDF).

The New Scots: Refugee Integration Strategy 2018-2022 (PDF) builds on the success of the first strategy and aims to continue to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland’s communities.

The outcomes and actions that the strategy seeks to deliver are grounded in an approach that places refugees and asylum seekers at the heart of the communities in which they reside. As such, it recognises that, for approaches to integration to succeed, they must be about working in and with local communities, as well as with refugees and asylum seekers.

As well as being informed by the engagement which took place across Scotland over the summer of 2017, the development of the strategy has also benefited greatly from the knowledge and expertise of New Scots partner organisations and wider research. It is built on a foundation of collaboration, partnership and engagement, which will be crucial to successful implementation. The strategy aims to be dynamic, so that it can adapt to changing political, policy or international contexts, which have an impact on refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.

New Scots partners have established four overarching outcomes, which this strategy will work to achieve:

  1. Refugees and asylum seekers live in safe, welcoming and cohesive communities and are able to build diverse relationships and connections.
  2. Refugees and asylum seekers understand their rights, responsibilities and entitlements and are able to exercise them to pursue full and independent lives.
  3. Refugees and asylum seekers are able to access well-coordinated services, which recognise and meet their rights and needs.
  4. Policy, strategic planning and legislation, which have an impact on refugees and asylum seekers, are informed by their rights, needs and aspirations.