Supporting Refugees: New Scots and the New Integration Strategy

At this event, we will provide an up-to-date brief on the Scottish Government’s New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy which aims to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland’s communities.

Positive change for stronger communities

In January 2018, the Scottish Government released the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018–2022. Underpinning the strategy is a commitment to improved access to key services for refugees and asylum seekers to allow them to integrate effectively and offer their full potential to the communities that become their home. Councils continue to be at the forefront of resettlement and service delivery making it essential that they have the knowledge and capacity to support migrants comprehensively.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy
  • Understanding refugee rights and entitlements as well as your obligations and resources
  • Navigating the new landscape for local authorities in supporting and delivering integration
  • Challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers when integrating into Scottish communities
  • Providing appropriate mental health support to refugees
  • Communicating and enabling uptake of entitlements around housing, health, and employment
  • A multi-agency approach to ensuring effective integration from day one

Who will benefit from attending?

This event is for those involved with refugees and service delivery in the areas of education, health, housing, and employment as well as community integration and resettlement.

Agenda*

9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Liz Leonard, Liz Leonard Media

10:00 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Understanding their rights and entitlements as well as your obligations and resources
  • The New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy
  • The implications of the Refugees Family Reunion Bill
  • Navigating the new landscape for local authorities in supporting and delivering integration

10:00 Dylan Fotoohi, Family Integration Development Officer, Scottish Refugee Council

10:20 Roundtable Discussions and Questions to Dylan

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Nurturing Inclusive Communities

  • A multi-agency approach to ensuring effective integration from day one
  • Finding cultural common ground to enable New Scots to flourish within and enhance their communities
  • How the refugee experience shapes their integration
  • Ensuring access to schools and education for effective cultural exchange
  • Challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers when integrating into Scottish communities

11:30 Jillian McBride, Refugee Support Operations Manager, British Red Cross

11:50 Insights From Aberdeen - Learning From Three Phases of Resettlement

  • Information on building capacity and making connections
  • An honest reflection on the project's challenges and successes

Alana Nabulsi, Support Services Manager, Communities - Housing & Infrastructure, Aberdeen City Council

12:10 Integration From Within

  • The power of communities supporting each other as a mean of integration.
  • Integration starts from within communities
  • Integration is not only receiving but also giving

Oudai Tozan, Campaigns, Policy & Influencing Trainee, Oxfam

12:40 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Supporting Refugees to Thrive

  • Working with refugees to ensure their voice is heard in service delivery
  • Providing appropriate mental health support to refugees
  • Communicating and enabling uptake of entitlements around housing, health, and employment
  • Nurturing and supporting family units for better integration

13:30 Christina McKelvie MSP, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse, and Convener, Equalities and Human Rights Committee (subject to parliamentary business)

13:45 Questions and Discussion

13:55 Refugee Programme At The Mental Health Foundation

Amal Azzudin, Equality and Human Rights Officer (Refugees), Mental Health Foundation in Scotland

14:15 Maggie Lennon, Director, The Bridges Programme

14:35 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Scottish Arbitration Centre, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
31 May 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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