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2.6 The approach to resettlement in Scotland

The SRP and VCRS are both local authority-led schemes. They are supported by five years of funding from the UK Government, and a further £1million of support from the Scottish Government.

Scottish local authorities involved in receiving refugees have drawn upon existing partnerships, as well as their expertise in supporting vulnerable people, to deliver the schemes. Supporting the successful integration of the refugees involves partnership working with health boards, the police, the third sector and local communities.

COSLA leads on the work with all councils in Scotland to support and coordinate the resettlement schemes. This includes hosting regular meetings of lead resettlement officers and liaising with the UK Government’s Joint Resettlement Team, the Scottish Government and other key partners across the public and third sector.  This work also seeks to ensure that lessons learned and experiences from the resettlement schemes can influence wider refugee integration work undertaken through the New Scots strategy.

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The support being provided by COSLA is coordinated by its Migration, Population and Diversity Team. The team hosts Scotland’s Strategic Migration Partnership (SMP); one of a number of local authority-led SMPs based across the UK. It works with partners from across the public, private and voluntary sector as a means of ensuring that Scotland is a welcoming place for new migrants. You can learn more about the team on its website at: http://www.migrationscotland.org.uk. This provides a range of information about migration in Scotland and includes a Policy Toolkit that seeks to support local authorities and their community planning partners in welcoming, engaging and integrating migrants in Scotland.

The Local Government Association has produced two guides on the Syrian Resettlement Programme – the first is a general guide for local authorities that are participating in resettlement and the second has a specific focus on support for people who have been in the UK for over a year. While these resources are primarily for English local authorities, they provide helpful background information on the resettlement process and useful guidance for any local authorities that are participating in the scheme. You can access the guides at:

https://www.local.gov.uk/syrian-refugee-resettlement-guide-local-authorities and www.local.gov.uk/resettling-refugees-support-after-first-year-guide-local-authorities

The National Audit Office has produced a report on the UK’s progress in meeting its resettlement targets, available at: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/the-syrian-vulnerable-persons-resettlement-programme/