New Scots refugee integration strategy 2018 to 2022: engagement analysis

Analysis of engagement which informed the development of Scotland’s second New Scots refugee integration strategy.


1. The 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as a person who "owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

An asylum seeker, or person seeking asylum, is someone who has applied to be recognised as a refugee.

2. Scottish Government (2018), New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018 – 2022. Accessed at:

3. This figure has been calculated by dividing the total number of engagement events held, by the total recorded participant numbers. It does not include the organisational responses as these did not have participant numbers or host events.

4. The term "responses", rather than "engagement events", is used here because some responses stated that they held multiple events, but not how many were at each. Thus size bands are only known for responses not engagement events. Organisational responses were included and represented as "N/A" for size band.

5. The three responses with over 100 participants all stated that they held only one event, thus it is possible to report for events rather than responses.

6. Some people may be granted humanitarian protection by the UK Government where they are found not to be a refugee under the Refugee Convention but nevertheless require protection. UK Government policy on humanitarian protection meets international obligations under EU law by providing protection reflecting the subsidiary protection provisions of the Qualification Directive (2004//83/ EC).

7. As there were numerous responses to which both asylum seekers and refugees or person with a protection status contributed, the percentage numbers in Figure 4 do not add up to 100%.

8. Since the responses were based on engagement events that were attended by participants with different demographic characteristics, the percentage numbers in Figure 5 do not add up to 100%.


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