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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.

The New Scots refugee integration strategy 2018-22 sets out a vision for a welcoming Scotland where refugees and asylum seekers are able to rebuild their lives from the day they arrive.

The strategy commits to better access to essential services such as education, housing, health and employment. It recognises the skills, knowledge and resilience which refugees bring and aims to help people to settle, become part of the community, and pursue their ambitions.

The strategy focuses on seven key themes:

  • needs of asylum seekers
  • employability and welfare rights
  • housing
  • education
  • language
  • health and wellbeing
  • communities, culture and social connections

In addition to English, you can access the New Scots strategy in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani and Tigrinya.


The first New Scots integration strategy established a collaborative approach to supporting people seeking protection from persecution and human rights abuses.

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

Reports were previously published relating to: