Claire Bynner, What Works Scotland research associate, considers what increasing diversity means for local areas and what local government and community planning partnerships (CPPs) can do to support the settlement of new migrants.
Author: Claire Bynner, What Works Scotland
Date: 12 November 2015
How can the transition towards more diverse communities be made easier? This blog looks at the arrival of refugees in Scotland from camps bordering Syria when questions about the impact of migration re-emerged in public debate.
While the then Home Secretary Theresa May claimed that it was impossible to build a cohesive society when immigration is too high, the SNP accused her of “dog-whistling” to UKIP supporters.
The public debate masked the reality of living with diversity in practice. So, what does increasing diversity mean for local areas and what can local governments and community planning partnerships (CPPs) can do to support the settlement of new migrants?