Asylum seekers / refugees



Glasgow issues temporary pause on asylum seekers as humanitarian concerns deepen

No more asylum seekers will be sent to Glasgow as the local authority attempts to “ease the pressures” on the city after last month’s knife attack and mounting concerns about living conditions for people in hotels during lockdown

Published 7 July 2020

Sabir Zazai: Stop treating people like pieces on a chessboard

Scottish Refugee Council CEO Sabir Zazai reveals anger over ‘abject failures’ of the Home Office and discusses how hostile asylum policies are out of touch with Scottish public opinion.

Published 7 July 2020

Report finds Mears had been fined for missing targets to find long-term accommodation for asylum seekers

Warnings about the adverse effect that placing asylum seekers in hotels and serviced apartments for long periods of time could have on their wellbeing were issued long before Mears moved hundreds of people from their homes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 6 July 2020

Mears in talks with housing associations over future accommodation for asylum seekers

A dozen housing associations in Glasgow are in talks with Mears for the future provision of accommodation for asylum seekers who were moved into hotels at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 25 June 2020

Charities call for increased protection for asylum seekers following Glasgow death

Concerns over the treatment of Glasgow's asylum seekers have been raised to ministers following the tragic death of a Syrian refugee in the city.

Published 12 May 2020

Mears moves 300 Glasgow asylum seekers into hotels where social distancing is ‘impossible’

Charities have reacted with alarm at reports that more than 300 men and women seeking asylum in Glasgow have been moved out of apartments and into hotels where they are worried that they can’t practice social distancing.

Published 23 April 2020

Scottish Refugee Council secures nomination agreement with Glen Oaks Housing Association

The Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) to work alongside housing associations to increase the housing options and quality of housing available to people it supports.

Published 14 April 2020

Rona Macleod: UK Supreme Court refuses to consider Ali v Serco and Others

Rona Macleod, a solicitor and associate at the Legal Services Agency (LSA), considers the case against Serco’s lock-change evictions post-Ali. 

Published 14 April 2020

‘Deep disappointment’ as Supreme Court refuses appeal in Serco case

Home Office asylum accommodation provider Serco can legally carry out lock-changes evictions on refused refugees in Glasgow after an appeal case was rejected by the UK Supreme Court.

Published 7 April 2020

Asylum accommodation evictions paused for three months

The Home Office has confirmed that all evictions and terminations of asylum support have been paused for three months.

Published 2 April 2020

Charities issue plea to prevent COVID-19 evictions from UK asylum accommodation

A coalition of charities has called on Mears, Serco and the Home Office requesting an end to evictions from asylum accommodation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 March 2020

Govan Law Centre secures further three-month suspension of Serco lock-change evictions

Asylum seekers affected by the Serco ‘lock-change’ evictions in Glasgow can remain in their homes for another three months after Govan Law Centre (GLC) secured a further suspension of appeal cases.

Published 3 March 2020

Report outlines ten-point plan to prevent lock-change evictions

Immediate and fundamental reform of the asylum system is required to prevent lock-change evictions, destitution and street homelessness of some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 14 February 2020

Highland Council hails success of Syrian refugee resettlement programme and tenant participation project

Members of The Highland Council have hailed the success of both its Syrian refugee settlement programme and its tenant participation and engagement in Badenoch and Strathspey.

Published 13 February 2020

Scottish Government extends young carer grant

Young carers going through the immigration process will be able to apply for the Scottish Government’s Young Carer Grant without fear of it risking their immigration status.

Published 4 February 2020