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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11300: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 September 2017

To ask the Scottish what steps it is taking to ensure that Scotland's Kurdish community feels safe, supported and welcome.

Answered by: Angela Constance 31 October 2017

The Scottish Government is clear that there is absolutely no place for discrimination and prejudice in Scotland and that any form of hate crime is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. As a nation, we have a long history of welcoming people of all nationalities and faiths, and we are committed to supporting their integration into our communities.

On 13 June 2017, we published an ambitious programme of work to take forward the recommendations made by the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion. This includes a commitment to deliver a public campaign to raise awareness of the impacts of hate crime which will be launched next month.

We will publish a refreshed version of New Scots, our strategy for integrating asylum seekers and refugees into Scotland’s communities, in January 2018. We have carried out a wide ranging programme of engagement in order to ensure the views and experiences of as many new Scots as possible are included.

We are determined to show leadership in advancing race equality in Scotland. The Race Equality Framework was developed to advance race equality and address the barriers that prevent people from minority ethnic communities from realising their potential.

We will publish an Action Plan in October 2017 setting out the key actions, including actions on Community Cohesion and Safety, we will take over this Parliamentary session to drive positive change for minority ethnic communities.