New Scots Strategy

New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland's Communities is a strategy that was developed by COSLA, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Refugee Council that aimed to coordinate the efforts of all organisations involved in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland.

The strategy sought to make the most of available resources by promoting partnership approaches, joined-up working and early intervention.  It also sought to be grounded in refugees’ experiences of life in Scotland and consultation with refugee community groups played a crucial role in the implementation of the strategy.

The strategy was implemented between 2014 and 2017 and focused on the following key areas: the Needs of Dispersed Asylum Seekers; Employability and Welfare; Housing; Education; Health; and Communities and Social Connections.  COSLA was represented on the Core Group that was tasked with overseeing the implementation of the strategy as a whole, and also provided co-chairs and the secretariat for the Needs of Dispersed Asylum Seekers and Housing Sub Groups.

The action plans for each thematic area set out specific outcomes, how they would be achieved and which organisations would be involved.  Progress reports and the final report can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

Year One Implementation Report

Year Two Implementation Report

Final Report

All partners are committed to building on the good work that has taken place over the last three years and an extensive consultation exercise is being conducted during 2017 with a view to a new strategy being published by the end of the year.