Integration

How we help asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland to integrate

We support asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland to connect with other people in the community. This picture shows participants in our refugee befriending programme.

When an asylum seeker or refugee has their basic needs met, our focus moves from surviving to thriving.

We have four programmes to support asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland to build connections in their new home and fulfil their potential individually and as members of the community.

4 ways we support asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland to connect with other people in the community:


1. Access to Education and Employment Grants help 1. to overcome barriers that might otherwise prevent asylum seekers and refugees from undertaking study and work opportunities.

2. Office Internships give refugees the opportunity to volunteer with us, carrying out a small project to develop their skills, experience UK office culture and gain a professional reference.

3. Glasgow Welcome, our befriending programme, links up people who are new to Glasgow with those who are well-established, in order to explore the city, share cultural understanding, and build social networks.

4. Wee Welcome, our multicultural parent and toddler group, brings together refugee, asylum seeking and local parents to share experiences of bringing up young children with a diverse group from around the world.


Check out these films about how we support refugees to connect with other people

In the Same Boat with Gisella and Natasha

“People talk about refugees in very specific ways. I feel that these are real people living here that will have so much more to them than just their status.”

Glasgow Welcomes a Party

“Our mission is to make sure that there is a support network for people who are destitute”

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