This is important because many in our community are refugees, many still seeking recognition of their status within the asylum system. Caught in the rip current between Westminster’s hostile environment and the Scottish government’s more progressive policies to welcome New Scots, enforced poverty, the risk of destitution and fear of racial harassment are part of the everyday reality of many.
We are mindful that New Scots are not inherently vulnerable, despite many living in recovery from the persecution that forced their arrival in Scotland and their experience of powerlessness within an asylum system operating with a culture of disbelief. Together, our community has developed a strategic plan setting out our vision, what we want to achieve and how we are going to do it together. In it, we proclaim ‘we are an organisation which values the experience and contributions of everyone: our community members are some of the most resilient people on Earth, and deserve to be treated with respect.’