Challenges of Settling in Rural Scotland: Drawing Parallels between ‘New Scots’ Refugees and Central & Eastern European Migrants

Holly Porteous, SSAMIS Project, Swansea University/University of Glasgow   In 2015, the joint Scottish Government, COSLA and Scottish Refugee Council scheme ‘New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities’ widened its scope in response to the Scottish Government’s commitment to resettling a further 20,000 refugees by 2020. Since 2015, this has entailed the expansion of settlement…

Professor Jim Gallagher – The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland.

Kicking off a series of events on Brexit hosted by Policy Scotland, Professor Jim Gallagher today gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow on “The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland”. Addressing an audience of prominent academics, journalists and experts from a range of fields, Professor…

GROWING PUBLIC AND POLITICAL INTEREST IN URBAN LAND REFORM

Professor David Adams University of Glasgow   Eight months ago, Policy Scotland published six briefing papers on Urban Land Reform. A seventh followed shortly afterwards in response to the Scottish Government consultation on these issues. What’s has happened since? Well, there’s been significant public discussion, parliamentary debate and now proposals coming forward in political manifestos.…

A Fast Flowing Stream: Welfare Reform, Decision Making and Appeals

Thursday 11 February 16:00 – 17:15 Boyd Orr Building, Room 407, University of Glasgow Please register via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-fast-flowing-stream-welfare-reform-decision-making-and-appeals-tickets-21113408774   At this Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network event, Jessica Burns will provide insight into her work as Regional Tribunal Judge in Social Security and Child Support. She will speak about the standard of First-Tier decision…

Social Support and Migration in Scotland Dissemination Event

Our recent Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform event included data and insights from researchers working on the Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) project. In February, the SSAMIS project will hold two dissemination events (one in Glasgow, one in Aberdeen), at which they will present key themes emerging from their research, combined with opportunities for…

Five things you find out in a European refugee camp

In early November, Glasgow University PhD students Mary Anne MacLeod (Urban Studies) and former Policy Scotland intern, Sarah Hamlin (Scottish Literature) spent time volunteering in refugee camps in Lesbos and Calais respectively. Over this blog series they will be sharing different aspects of their experiences. This first blog post deals with some of the unexpected,…

Event: Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform

Wednesday 11 November, 14:00 – 16:30 Glasgow Centre for Population Health offices, Olympia Building (third floor), Bridgeton Cross Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-migrants-in-welfare-reform-tickets-19167438324 This workshop seeks to explore the impacts of welfare reform on migrants in Scotland. It brings together insights into the experiences of migrants and of those working in the public and third sector to…