New Scots: Integrating Refugees In Scotland's Communities was developed by the Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council, and published in December 2013.
The strategy supports delivery of the Scottish Government's policy that refugees and asylum seekers should be welcomed, supported and integrated into our communities from day one. It aims to co-ordinate the efforts of all organisations involved in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland, in order to make Scotland a welcoming place to people seeking protection from persecution and human rights abuses. This will enable them to rebuild their lives in Scotland, make a full contribution to society and develop strong social connections to support their integration.
The strategy includes six action plans, which will be taken forward over a three year period between 2014-17, on the needs of dispersed asylum seekers; employability and welfare; housing; education; health; and communities and social connections. The action plans set out specific outcomes, how they will be achieved and which organisations will be involved.
The strategy also aims to make the most of the resources that are available for this task by promoting partnership approaches, joined-up working and early intervention where possible.
A progress report was published in March 2015 to mark the end of the first year of implemetation.