The Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council have launched a strategy to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland’s communities.
New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy (pdf), published in January 2018, aims to coordinate the efforts of organisations involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
There are five principles which form the New Scots approach:
- Integration From Day One: The key principle of the New Scots strategy is that refugees and asylum seekers should be supported to integrate into communities from day one of arrival, and not just once leave to remain has been granted
- A Rights Based Approach: The New Scots strategy aims to empower people to know about their rights and to understand how to exercise them
- Refugee Involvement: The New Scots strategy actively encourages refugees and asylum seekers to be involved in helping to shape the strategy and its delivery
- Inclusive Communities: The New Scots strategy supports refugees, asylum seekers and our communities to be involved in building stronger, resilient communities, which enable everyone to be active citizens.
- Partnership and Collaboration:The New Scots strategy has been developed collaboratively to coordinate the efforts of organisations and community groups across Scotland involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers.