Joe Brady from the Scottish Refugee Council explains an organisational change process that led to a sharper focus on assets.
Author: Joe Brady, Scottish Refugee Council
Date: 13 August 2015
Joe Brady explains how service redesign was achieved through developing principles and trying and testing new approaches to learn what works in tackling refugee integration and exclusion.
The UK Government seems to have retreated from integration as a policy priority: its ‘Prevent’ strategy being at odds with the prevention agenda in Scotland. ‘The Indicators of Integration’ developed by Ager and Strang, commissioned and initially welcomed by Westminster, have been embraced by Holyrood.
The consensus in Scotland has been that integration begins on arrival and is a two way, dynamic process. To date the evidence suggests that for many we have only been successful in integrating into poverty. Rethinking integration is vital to Scotland’s future in a renewed Scotland.