Refugee Integration Evidence in Scotland: A study of evidence available to support the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018-2022

Helia Zohreh Rahbarikorroyeh

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Executive Summary
Evidence is key to informing good policy and practice. Sources of evidence can vary. It can be from evaluation of the impact of work and projects, academic research or recording of practice and experience within organisations.
This report aims to provide a base for understanding the existing evidence on
refugee integration in Scotland. It identifies available evidence to help inform policy makers and people working to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.
Evaluation of the quality and content of individual evidence sources was not part of this project. This project provides an overall understanding of the evidence sources identified in terms of their date of publication, geographical scope, research methods and funding.
Key Findings:
• 174 sources of evidence relating to refugee integration have been identified.
• The majority of these evidence sources use mixed research methods (42%)
or qualitative research methods (29%).
• A significant amount of research was commissioned by the Refugee Council
(25 sources) and the Scottish Refugee Council (19 sources).
• There are some evidence gaps in certain areas. For example, there is very
little evidence on the integration of older refugees and asylum seekers (1
piece of evidence identified).
• Some of the most holistic sources of evidence come from long-running
integration programmes such as The Holistic Integration Service. These also
offer insight over a longer time period, rather than a snapshot at the end of a
short term project or through a time-specific survey
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages53
Specialist publicationScottish Government Website
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2019

Bibliographical note

The author acknowledges the support of the Asylum and Refugee Integration team - Connected Communities - in the Scottish Government in conducting this project.
The author acknowledges the support of the Scottish Government’s New Scots
partners for sharing their records of evidence with the author.
Special thanks to Dr Timothy Peace (University of Glasgow) for sharing a useful
bibliography prepared as part of his work on the GLIMER project.
The author alone is responsible for the content of this report.


  • Refugees
  • Integration
  • Evidence
  • Scotland


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