A review of the Syrian Resettlement Programme put in place by West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership (CPP), looking at the individuals’ experiences and the processes and structures implemented by the CPP and its agencies.
This report reviews the Syrian Resettlement Programme put in place by West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership. It looks at the experiences of the refugees themselves and the processes and structures implemented by the CPP and its agencies.
It focuses on three key elements:
- the initial arrival and settlement of the refugees
- social connections across communities
- social links to public services
The report is based on interviews with refugees and employees from health, school and adult education, local authority and housing. It examines the arrival and resettlement of refugees through aspects such as community and preparation, welcome, family reunion and social bridges.
The authors found that, in general, the resettlement programme was very successful. The refugees felt welcomed and appreciated the efforts of all those who contributed towards ensuring that their experience of arrival was positive.
A key challenge for resettlement is how to strike the right balance between providing support to a vulnerable population and fostering independence and access to mainstream service provision.
The full findings give more details and the report includes recommendations for future developments.
Download the publication
- Executive Summary – Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in West Dunbartonshire (PDF)
- Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in West Dunbartonshire (PDF)
The report was launched at a seminar as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2018.
The What Works Scotland report Educational needs and experiences of refugee children in Scotland was also launched at the same event.
- Dr Gareth Mulvey, University of Glasgow
- Dr Claire Bynner , What Works Scotland
- Nina Murray, Scottish Refugee Council
- Professor Nicholas Watson, What Works Scotland
Date of publication: 20 June 2018.
Type of publication: Case study
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