On 22 March 2016, the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) launched an initiative to reserve four membership-spaces in each of the next three recruitment rounds for at-risk academics and refugees.
This initiative was inspired by the ‘Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis’ meeting held in Amsterdam in December 2015 that was organised by the Global Young Academy (GYA), the Dutch Young Academy and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Academic experts and practitioners from a range of disciplines came together to discuss research-led integration strategies. Therewith this is one of the first concrete follow-up activities implementing recommendations from the outcome-document ‘Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis’ launched on 29 February 2016.
Many young professionals, who have the potential to make outstanding contributions to a country’s future prosperity, came to this country as refugees. Europe and the academic world in general can benefit from integrating these young talents who had to leave their home-countries.
GYA member and YAS co-chair Karly Kehoe, who studies migrant communities and religious minorities, commented: “We are the first Young Academy in the world to launch such an initiative and we’re incredibly proud of this. […] To us, real leadership means being able to recognise talent and giving those, who possess it, the opportunity to make the most of it. At YAS we’re all about bringing people together to find ways of moving our societies forward.”
The GYA very much welcomes this ground-breaking initiative.