COSLA Migration, Population and Diversity

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Migration, Population and Diversity (MPD) Team

The MPD team provides strategic and political oversight on migration issues in a Scottish context. The team receives core funding from both the Scottish Government and the Home Office. The Scottish Government funding covers a wider range of priorities relating to migration in all its forms, as well as specific work around asylum seekers and refugees, and the Gypsy/Traveller community. The Home Office funding has an overt focus on issues associated with refugee resettlement and asylum seekers, wider migration-related issues are also dealt with by agreement between the two parties. 


The MPD Team’s remit will in the main be covered by the Community Wellbeing Board Spokesperson. The Community Wellbeing Spokesperson is Councillor Kelly Parry.

Main Policy Area
  • Brexit (migration)
  • Migrant Integration
  • Dispersal of Asylum Seekers
  • New Scots Refugee Integration
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
  • Gypsy/Travellers
  • Scotland's Demography
  • Humanitarian Protection Schemes (e.g. Syrian Resettlement)
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Dispersal
  • Human Trafficking

Further Information

More details about the team’s work on migration, including resources produced through the Migration Matters Scotland project, are available at  You can also follow the team’s work on twitter @migrationscot.