Scotland Welcomes Refugees – How do strangers become citizens?*

This is a great wee blog about citizenship, everyday multiculturalism, the importance of friendship, and ensuring availability of resources and preparing long-settled communities.

Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

by Claire Bynner

This month refugees arrived in Scotland from camps bordering Syria. As Scottish local authorities work to welcome these vulnerable families, questions over the impact of migration have remerged in public debate. The Home Secretary Theresa May recently claimed that ‘when immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society’. The SNP responded by accusing her of “dog whistling” to Ukip supporters. This public debate masks the reality of living with diversity in practice. In this blog Claire Bynner,WWS Research Associate, considers what increasing diversity means for local areas and what local government and CPPs can do to support the settlement of new migrants. How can the transition towards more diverse communities be made easier?

Photo: Bulent Kilic/Getty

Photo: Bulent Kilic/Getty

The evidence shows that this is a period of unprecedented demographic change. It is an indisputable fact that all…

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