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New chair for Scots refugee group

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Glasgow University's Professor Alison Phipps is set to lead the New Scots core group

An academic is set to head up a group which welcomes refugees to Scotland.

Professor Alison Phipps has been named as chair of the New Scots core group.

The group operates as a partnership between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council.

Phipps works at Glasgow University and is a UNESCO chair in refugee integration through languages and the arts.

She said: "The work of the New Scots group has been very innovative and led to major improvements for refugees, asylum seekers and receiving communities across Scotland.

"This is a crucial time for embedding strong intercultural relations in Scotland and creating hospitable environments for all."

Equalities secretary Angela Constance said: "Professor Phipps’ extensive knowledge and experience supporting refugees and asylum seekers will prove invaluable.

"I look forward to working with Professor Phipps in her new role, as we strive to achieve the New Scots vision for a welcoming Scotland where refugees and asylum seekers are able to rebuild their lives from the day they arrive.”