Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Scotland

One year on from the refugee integration strategy, this event will look at good practice and priorities around improving support for refugee integration in Scotland as well as examining some of the key challenges.

From new arrivals to New Scots

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.

At the end of 2018, emergency funding was announced which is targeted toward increasing capacity in the provision of legal and financial assistance to asylum seekers under threat of eviction. Such funding emphasises Scottish Government’s humanitarian approach to tackling destitution.

With refugees and asylum seekers finding their home in communities all over Scotland, it is timely to look at priorities and challenges facing integration and support and share good practice on getting resettlement right. Join us as we scrutinise policy, priorities and good practice in supporting refugees and asylum seekers to thrive within Scotland.

Key issues we’ll examine with you 

  • 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
  • Communicating and enabling uptake of entitlements around housing, health, and employment
  • A multi-agency approach to ensuring effective integration from day one

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • David McGlashan, Partner, McGlashan MacKay Solicitors
  • Dr Liliana Riga, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
  • Fee Gerlach, Regional Integration Co-Ordinator, South East Region, Scottish Refugee Council
  • Lorna Ferguson, Communications Manager, Social Bite
  • Lilah Davidson, AVAIL Project Participation Officer (Scotland and Northern Ireland), British Red Cross
  • Sandy Biggar, Commercial Contracts Manager, Mercy Corps
  • Mimie Oudaungh, Women's Outreach & Multi-Agency Development Worker
  • Sara Hawkins, Founder, Projekt 42
  • Ahlam Soudi, Senior Community Development Worker, Freedom from Torture
  • Menir Kedeh courtesy of the Scottish Refugee Council 
  • Sharlu Rajen and Annastancia Ndjavera, Voices Ambassadors, British Red Cross
  • Service users: Mr Suamu Simon (answers to Simon); Mr Somosundaram Veerakkuty (answers to Somaa); Mr Fazeel Mohamed (answers to Fazeel) courtesy of Freedom from Torture

Agenda*

9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

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
  • Priorities for local authorities in supporting and delivering integration

Confirmed Speakers:

  • David McGlashan, Partner, McGlashan MacKay Solicitors
  • Dr Liliana Riga, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

10:30 Questions and Discussion

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:20 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

11:20​ New Scots Integration Project (NSIP): Exploring Best Practice Across Scotland

  • Introduction to the AMIF – funded NSIP project
  • Promoting the exchange of experiences and best practice from across Scotland

Fee Gerlach, Regional Integration Co-Ordinator, South East Region, Scottish Refugee Council​

11:40 Integration Is A Journey Not An Event

  • From asylum seeking to employment
  • Challenges within employment
  • Culturally informed service provision

Mimie Oudaungh, Women's Outreach & Multi-Agency Development Worker, Glasgow East Women’s Aid (GEWA)

Questions and Discussion

​​Panel: Inclusive Communities, What Impacts Integration

A discussion between service users and providers on the various experiences which shape integration.  

  • Lorna Ferguson, Communications Manager, Social Bite
  • Sandy Biggar, Commercial Contracts Manager, Mercy Corps
  • Sharlu Rajen and Annastancia Ndjavera, Voices Ambassadors, British Red Cross
  • Menir Kedeh courtesy of the Scottish Refugee Council 

12:30 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

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Lilah Davidson, AVAIL Project Participation Officer (Scotland and Northern Ireland), British Red Cross

Questions and Discussion

Interactive Session: Services, Entitlements and Mental Health

What are they key challenges experienced by refugees and asylum seekers when integrating in Scotland, how does this affect their mental health and overall wellbeing, what can we do better?   

  • Sara Hawkins, Founder, Projekt 42
  • Ahlam Soudi, Senior Community Development Worker, Freedom from Torture
    • + ​Service users: Mr Suamu Simon (answers to Simon), Mr Somosundaram Veerakkuty (answers to Somaa), Mr Fazeel Mohamed (answers to Fazeel)

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email james@holyrood.com with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln., Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

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

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
19 June 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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