Asylum seekers / refugees

Jon Sparkes: Ending homelessness across Scotland is possible but only by helping those seeking asylum in this country too

Addressing the issue of homelessness amongst migrant groups across Scotland is crucial for ending homelessness across the country, writes Jon Sparkes.

Published 19 October 2020

Glasgow councillors oppose 'dangerous' Home Office asylum plans

Home Office plans to withdraw accommodation and support from hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow are "dangerous" and "unconscionable", two Glasgow councillors have warned in a letter to home secretary Priti Patel.

Published 13 October 2020

Positive Action in Housing 'disturbed' at UK Government's 'out of sight, out of mind' plan for asylum seekers

Home secretary Priti Patel allegedly ordered civil servants to consider processing asylum seekers on remote islands more than 4,000 miles from Britain, according to reports.

Published 1 October 2020

Third tragedy hits Glasgow refugee community

Positive Action in Housing has reiterated its demand for a full independent inquiry into the accommodation provided to asylum seekers in Glasgow during lockdown after a mother was found dead on Saturday.

Published 25 August 2020

Mears may house asylum seekers in Glasgow hotels ‘until end of year’

Hotels are likely to still be used for emergency accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow for at least another four months, according to reports.

Published 18 August 2020

Everyone Home unveils ‘triple-lock’ of homelessness mitigation measures in second Route Map

The Everyone Home Collective of influential charity and academic sector organisations working to end homelessness will start consulting from Monday on the second in a series of Route Maps designed to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 11 August 2020

Scottish Greens call for asylum housing to be taken out of private hands

Scottish Greens councillor Kim Long has launched a new campaign for asylum seeker housing to be operated by the local authority and the third sector.

Published 15 July 2020

Cycling Scotland supports Glasgow's homeless during lockdown

Cycling Scotland staff have been getting on their bikes in lockdown to support homeless people in Glasgow.

Published 14 July 2020

Scottish Tech Army helps asylum seekers in Govan get online

Charities across Scotland are getting a digital boost during lockdown from a motivated team of hi-tech volunteers called the Scottish Tech Army.

Published 10 July 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Lorna Walker - Park Inn tragedy highlights the need for asylum seeker justice

When news broke in June that a Sudanese asylum seeker had been shot dead after stabbing six people in a Glasgow hotel there was an immediate public outcry. How, people wanted to know, could a system that is supposed to protect the vulnerable have allowed a man with obvious mental health difficulties to be put in a situation where his problems were sure to escalate.

Published 9 July 2020

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