We have developed our inital programme for 2021-23. This outlines our priorities and explains our way of working.  We have consulted with key stakeholders and experts, and  intend to foster active dialogue and inclusive engagement as part of the way we work.

The finalised programme is available here

Planned Projects

Migration Policy Scotland is developing projects in line with our programme priorities. 

We are particularly keen to further understanding on the impacts of Brexit and the pandemic on migration and migrants in Scotland. We want to work with partners across Scotland to broaden engagement and inform dialogue. 

If you have a project that would benefit from collaboration with us, please get in touch.

Current Projects


Following on from our Lived Experience Discovery Session in April, we are forming a group to develop the focus and format of Migration Policy Scotland’s own Migrant Lived Experience Panel. 

Over 3 meetings this group will deliberate how to build a sustainable panel that can advise on planning, delivery and evaluation across Migration Policy Scotland’s work from the perspective of migrants living in Scotland. The first meeting is on 17 June.

Apply by 16 May using this form: MigLExDevGrou


Migration Policy Scotland is monitoring the UK’s new immigration system.

We want to contribute to understanding how the system is working, particularly in relation to Scotland. We are particularly interested in labour migration, family migration and routes to settlement. We are working to understand better how different users of the immigration system are faring.

In December 2020 we published our first report examining preparedness for the new system, focusing on employer’s and the home office’s readiness for greater use of sponsorship licensing. We will be updating this analysis periodically with a focus on different aspects of the system.

Past Projects

In 2019 the Migration Policy Scotland Project investigated the need for more policy capacity on migration in Scotland (outside of asylum and refugee migration). This scoping exercise was conducted as a series of conversations that explored:

  • What migration policy work is currently being undertaken in Scotland and what would be needed or viewed as useful?
  • What kinds of policy work should greater capacity on migration pursue?
  • What challenges arise and what opportunities would increase policy capacity in this area bring?
  • How and where would migration policy work be best be undertaken given the existing landscape of organisations in Scotland?

We spoke with over 50 people working with migrants or on migration issues across Scotland. This including workshops in Aberdeen and Glasgow. The resulting report was discussed at an online event in July 2020. On the basis of this consultation, we took the decision to found a think tank. Migration Policy Scoltand was set up. Our purpose is to promote a constructive approach to migration.