Working with communities across Scotland to welcome and support New Scots

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Scottish Refugee Council is pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious new project to support refugee integration in Scotland.

Building on our understanding of integration as a two-way process, we will work with refugees and communities across the country to make sure people are supported to rebuild their lives here, achieve their goals and make Scotland their new home.

We will work with partners Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, WEA Scotland, The Bridges Programmes and others to help refugees and community groups develop their capacity to welcome and support New Scots.

The project will support practical initiatives that aim to create a welcoming environment for refugees. It will focus in particular on improving understanding between communities, building social connections and creating opportunities for people to meet and get to know each other. We will also support refugee communities to have a say in the implementation of policies that affect their lives. At the heart of the project is a commitment to recognising and building on the wide base of skills and talents that currently exists among both refugee communities and local Scots.  

The project will run across the country from October 2018 to 2020, with regional hubs in the Borders, Highlands and Islands, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Central Scotland.

In addition to working with communities we will continue to work directly with refugee individuals and their families.

Wafa Shaheen, Head of Integration at Scottish Refugee Council said: “We are fortunate that so many people in Scotland are keen to welcome and support New Scots and that so many community groups right across the country have been set up to do this. We are delighted to be able to work alongside these communities and with the expertise of our partners, to build on and strengthen this foundation.”

We’re currently recruiting for three jobs to support this project. Take a look here. Our partner Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees is also recruiting here

This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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