Building a New Scotland: migration to Scotland after independence

This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for migration policy in an independent Scotland.

What our proposals would mean for asylum seekers and refugees

Under the Scottish Government's proposals:

  • asylum seekers and refugees would be welcomed from the day they arrive in Scotland; they would be supported and integrated into communities
  • people seeking asylum would have the right to work, and therefore to pay taxes, and to access public services, including employability support
  • people seeking asylum would have the right to access public funds, including social security
  • the asylum process in an independent Scotland would be underpinned by an emphasis on fair, socially responsible and thorough decision-making, based on human rights and equality principles and the rule of law
  • once people have been granted refugee status, the transition process should be as straightforward as possible



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