The aim of the ATLAS Development Partnership (DP) was to contribute towards an employment strategy for asylum seekers through a partnership approach, and to develop a model which added value to the UK dispersal policy by ensuring a holistic response in Scotland to the needs of the target group.
In 2001, Glasgow City Council (GCC) signed a contract with the Home Office to take asylum seekers. The Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) realised that the subsequent increase in the number of asylum seekers entering the city created a need for more work on integration of asylum seekers into the host community. SRC were, however, unable to take the lead role in the DP, so GCC became the lead partner. The DP created and tested new ways to improve training and learning for asylum seekers, as a means of integrating them into the host community.