Protecting rights throughout Brexit
Throughout developing the ‘From Scotland’s Young People’ manifesto, we surveyed Scotland’s young people to determine which recommendations became SYP policy. First, on External Affairs, UK, and International Relations, we asked if young people agreed that “Children and young people’s rights including workplace rights, EU citizens rights, the right to health and the right to work and study abroad, should be upheld and strengthened throughout the Brexit negotiations.” Overall 80.7% agreed, 4.0% disagreed, and 15.2% didn’t know.
The right to vote for all over 16s
We also asked if Scotland’s young people agreed that “Every Scottish resident aged 16 and over should have the right to vote in all Scottish elections, including refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants.” Overall 75.0% agreed, 15.5% disagreed, and 9.5% didn’t know.
I think [this policy] sends a message that Scotland values refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants as respected, valuable members of society. I think it’s a message that needs to be heard more to show that we are an accepting society – that we are welcoming refugees.– A member of Interfaith Scotland
Ending the detention of migrants under 18
Next on External Affairs, UK and International Relations we asked Scotland’s young people if they agreed that “The UK Government must set a worldwide example by keeping its promise to end the detention of migrants under the age of 18.” 69.3% agreed, 8.0% disagreed, and 22.7% didn’t know.
Finally on External Affairs, UK and International Relations we asked Scotland’s young people if they agreed that “Refugee and asylum-seeking children should have a right to join their families in the UK.” OVerall 85.6% agreed, 5.7% disagreed, and 8.7% didn’t know.
Everyone wants to see their families. As a young person here, I would like to be with my family and be reunited in the UK, or to have some opportunity to see them somehow.– A young refugee/asylum seeker
I think it is a human right to be reunited with your family. It is not right not to have that right.– A young refugee/asylum seeker