The Migration Matters Scotland project, funded through the European Integration Fund, builds upon COSLA’s previous work and seeks to build capacity across the different spheres of government in Scotland, and reinforce the ability of partners to coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies and policies for migrants.
The overall aim of the project is to better understand the needs of migrants and the needs of public service bodies that design and deliver services for them, and to support migrants to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies about them in order to inform and encourage change. The project will address policy and capacity building across the different spheres of government, reinforcing Scotland’s capacity to coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate national integration strategies for migrants, particularly non-EU migrants.
The project’s key objectives and activities are to:
- Seek to gain a better understanding of the integration needs of migrants by developing and piloting models of engagement with them in a minimum of three local authorities / clusters of local authorities in Scotland;
- Evaluate the Policy Toolkit that CSMP has developed to support local authorities in relation to their migrant populations, and also evaluate the engagement activities referred to above;
- Establish a baseline of information in relation to the integration of migrants in Scotland. This will be achieved by creating an online searchable database of research, policy and practice that will improve information sharing and understanding between policy makers, practitioners and researchers in this field;
- Develop thematic briefings and new policy resources for local authorities and their partners as they seek to support the integration of migrants in Scotland; and
- Disseminate the learning from the project to as wide an audience as possible through the hosting of a national thematic event outlining the learning from the local engagement activities, and a national conference at the end of the project which will launch the various resources described above.