Ukrainian displaced people - economic impact of migration: discussion paper

Provides an overview of the characteristics and lived experiences of Ukrainian displaced people seeking employment in Scotland, and contains illustrative modelling of the long term contribution that they could make to the Scottish economy.

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Scotland's aim is to provide a safe haven for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. To date, Scotland has sponsored more displaced people per head of population than any of the four UK nations (Scottish Government, 2022a).

In 2023 to 2024, the Scottish Government is investing over £70m to ensure those displaced by the war in Ukraine continue to receive a warm Scots welcome and are supported to rebuild their lives in our communities for as long as they need to call Scotland their home. 

To help support integration within our communities and opportunities for the Ukrainian population to settle and live well in Scotland, we are keen to facilitate access to employment and employment support.

This paper provides an overview of some of the literature on the economic impact of migration and analyses the experience of migrants seeking employment in Scotland and sets out the positive impact this can have on the economy.

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