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S5W-20772: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it has offered to each local authority that has pledged to resettle refugees.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 11 January 2019

The Scottish Government is proud that all 32 Scottish local authorities have engaged with the UK’s Syrian Resettlement Programme. Asylum and refugee resettlement are matters reserved to the UK Government, and the Home Office provides funding to local authorities receiving refugees under the Syrian Resettlement Programme.

The Scottish Government’s Refugee Taskforce, which met from 2015-16, brought together key stakeholders, including local government, to coordinate the initial response to the humanitarian crisis and ensure a warm welcome to Scotland. It also identified areas for funding, including English language learning, employability and mental health, which were used in the allocation of £1 million provided by the Scottish Government to support refugee resettlement and integration.

The Scottish Government has also worked with COSLA, Scottish Refugee Council and other partners, including local authorities, to develop the second New Scots refugee integration strategy, which runs from 2018-22. The strategy provides a clear framework for all those working to support refugees to settle in Scotland.