At Risk Academic Refugees Discussion

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An in-depth discussion that aims to raise awareness of Scotland’s refugee and displaced migrant communities. Five refugees living in Scotland discuss how they have established themselves as ‘New Scots’, how they are contributing to the future prosperity of Scotland and how COVID-19 has impacted their lives and communities.

In 2016, the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) launched its At Risk Academic Refugees (ARAR) initiative to recognise talented young professionals from Scotland’s refugee and displaced migrant communities. This initiative provided encouragement to outstanding members of the refugee and displaced migrant communities to apply to YAS and provided them with support with their applications, and YAS is today proud to include seven ARAR members in its cohort.


In 2019, The Royal Society of Edinburgh commissioned Glasgow-based portrait painter I.D Campbell to produce portraits of five YAS ARAR members, to celebrate their involvement with the RSE and to raise their profiles.

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