Migrants tell Equal Opportunities Committee about life in Scotland


Over 25 people who arrived in Scotland as migrants will tell the Equal Opportunities Committee about their first-hand experiences of life here.

The event, to be held in Glasgow on 7 June, is part of the Equal Opportunities Committee inquiry into the impact and contribution of migrant populations within Scottish society. It also examines the extent and nature of trafficking.

Committee Convener Margaret Mitchell MSP said: “The committee is delighted to go to Glasgow and have the opportunity to hear directly from groups of migrants as they talk about their own experiences of housing, health, education, employment and relationships built up in Scotland.

“This is an excellent example of the way in which the Scottish Parliament’s committee system allows MSPs to go directly to communities in Scotland to discuss important issues such as migration.”

Committee members will consider this evidence together with evidence from two panels of witnesses, representing a number of organisations, attending the afternoon meeting. The first panel will consider housing issues and will include Glasgow Housing Association, Govanhill Housing Association and the Scottish Association of Landlords. Two organisations who work closely with migrants will also be involved, Positive Action in Housing and Migrants’ Rights Scotland.

The second panel will consider policing issues and include witnesses from the Association of Chief Police Officers of Scotland; Tayside Police Diversity Unit; Strathclyde Police Diversity Unit and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

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