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New Scots

We believe that refugees and asylum seekers should be welcomed, supported and integrated into our communities from day one.

Help develop the next strategy

The next New Scots refugee integration strategy is in development.

We want organisations and community groups to run events to gather feedback about the issues facing refugees, asylum seekers and the communities they settle in.

Engagement events should be held and feedback returned by 15 September 2017. We'll use the feedback to develop the strategy.

We've developed resources, including a facilitation guide, to help you plan and run an event. Feedback can be submitted online.

Find out more: run a New Scots engagement event.

New Scots

The first New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland's Communities 2014-2017 strategy aimed to ensure that Scotland is a welcoming place for people seeking protection from persecution and human rights abuses, and to enable them to rebuild their lives, make a full contribution to society and develop strong social connections to support their integration.

The strategy focused on six key themes:

  • needs of dispersed asylum seekers
  • employability and welfare
  • housing
  • education
  • health
  • communities and social connections

A final report on the progress made under the New Scots strategy was published in March 2017.

We continue to work with partners, using the New Scots approach to help support refugees to settle in our communities and achieve their potential.

Reports were previously published relating to: