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New Scots

Categories: Articles:Asylum & Refugees | Published: 20/01/2018 | Views: 742

On 10 January the Scottish Government published the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018-2022 [PDF 1.7MB].  This is a framework which sets out a vision for how Scotland can welcome and support people to rebuild their lives from the day they arrive.  It is supported by the Scottish Refugee Council, COSLA and has been commended by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and welcomed by the Church of Scotland.

More than 700 refugees and asylum seekers were part of 2,000 people involved in the development of the strategy.  It commits to better access to essential services such as education, housing, health and employment.  The strategy aims to help people settle, become part of the community, share their skills and pursue their ambitions.

David Bradwell, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees co-ordinator, said: “Refugee integration is for everyone.  It’s a two-way process that needs to include ‘New Scots’ and existing communities.  This helps everyone to be included in society and decisions about how communities can change in a way which ensures dignity for all. It is a good sign that the role of faith groups in supporting refugees is acknowledged in the strategy and that our work to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue is essential for its successful delivery.”

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