Refugee integration - role of local authorities: research

Research commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore and assess the role of Scotland’s 32 local authorities in supporting the integration of refugees and people seeking asylum.


Asylum dispersal - The policy by which people seeking asylum are distributed across the UK in Home Office accommodation, with the aim of addressing pressures on housing in London and the South East of England.

Bridging accommodation - Temporary accommodation procured by the Home Office for people on Afghan schemes: the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS)

CLD (Community Learning and Development) - A policy approach which according to the Scottish Government aims at ‘empowering people, individually and collectively, to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities, through learning’.[30]

COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) - The representative body for local authorities in Scotland.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) - English language learning provision aimed at people whose first language is not English.

Humanitarian protection programmes - For the purposes of this report, these refer to the UK resettlement and relocation schemes, placements for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, as well as service provision as part of asylum dispersal and those in emergency asylum accommodation.

New Scot - A person who has migrated to and made their home in Scotland.

Person seeking asylum - A person who has arrived in a country and formally applied for refugee status and is awaiting the outcome of their application.

Refugee - According to the Refugee Convention, someone who has a 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 their nationality or former habitual residence; and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country or return there.

Third sector - The part of society comprising non-governmental and non-profit making organisations and associations, including charities, voluntary and community groups.

Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) - According to the Immigration Rules, someone who (a) claimed asylum when under the age of 18, (b) is applying asylum in their own right, and (c) is separated from both parents and is not cared for by an adult who in law or by custom has responsibility to do so.[31]

Welcome accommodation - Temporary accommodation for displaced Ukrainians sponsored by the Scottish Government.



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