Widening the Welcome

This programme explored the local experiences of refugee resettlement and how examines how community development approaches could be used to further refugee integration in Scotland.

The final report has seven key findings which developed from co-inquiry research with refugees, members of receiving communities, practitioners and local authorities.

The report focuses what can be done to ensure resettlement experiences are based on independence, self-advocacy and collective empowerment, where people's assets are recognised and utilised when planning resettlement and integration.

It also examines the role of receiving communities and the importance of creating more shared experiences: refugee resettlement should be ‘delivered with’ and not ‘done to’ receiving communities.

There are also key actions around challenging negative attitudes, the role of English language skills and the needs of refugees and receiving communities being recognised across local planning processes.

Download the report here.