Asylum seekers / refugees



Chartered Institute of Housing calls for pause on Serco evictions

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called on private housing provider Serco to pause lock change evictions against asylum seekers in Glasgow pending a court appeal.

Published 3 May 2019

Serco to be challenged in court over asylum seeker evictions again

A legal bid to stop the eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow will return to the courts after Govan Law Centre (GLC) confirmed it will appeal last month's Court of Session decision that the lock changes were not unlawful.

Published 2 May 2019

Case report: Asylum seekers’ legal challenge to housing provider’s ‘unlawful’ lock-changing protocol fails

After the case to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by the Court of Session, our sister publication Scottish Legal News takes a considered look at the judgment.

Published 17 April 2019

SFHA ‘disappointed’ as Serco lock-change case dismissed

Scotland’s RSLs will do what they can to support asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow following an eviction legal ruling, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 16 April 2019

Serco lock-change challenge dismissed by Court of Session

Campaigners have raised fears over a fresh wave of asylum seeker evictions after a legal bid to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by Scotland’s highest court.

Published 15 April 2019

Glasgow to pilot changes to asylum process

Glasgow could become the first city in the UK to pilot changes to the asylum process after a multi-agency taskforce recommended a number of proposed reforms.

Published 6 March 2019

Ireland: Immigration officials to be deployed to Dublin homelessness office

Plans to deploy immigration officials to Dublin’s lead homelessness agency have been approved by Cabinet.

Published 6 March 2019

Human rights based strategy needed to tackle asylum destitution in Scotland

New research into the levels of destitution experienced by people seeking asylum has identified an urgent need for a national action plan to tackle asylum and migrant destitution in Scotland.

Published 5 March 2019

COSLA issues guidance on rights of migrants to local authority services

Local government body COSLA has issued new guidance on the rights of migrants to services provided by local authorities in Scotland.

Published 28 February 2019

Serco loses government’s asylum accommodation contract in Scotland

The private housing provider at the centre of controversy over its plans to evict hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow has lost its asylum accommodation contract for Scotland.

Published 9 January 2019

Glasgow City Council knew about Serco refugee eviction plans ‘for months’

Plans by private housing provider Serco to evict hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow were known by senior managers at Glasgow City Council for months, according to reports.

Published 4 December 2018

Home Office lodges full defences in Serco lock-change case

The Home Office has lodged its full defences with the Court of Session in the legal challenge against a series of lock-change orders issued to tenants refused asylum in the UK.

Published 19 November 2018

Kirk announces EU funding partnership to welcome and support refugees

The Church of Scotland has been awarded £130,000 in EU funding as part of an ambitious project to support refugee integration in Scotland.

Published 16 October 2018

Scottish Government announces funding for asylum seeker housing services

An organisation that supports asylum seekers in Glasgow is to benefit from extra funding from the Scottish Government in light of recent eviction proposals.

Published 4 October 2018

Blog: Asylum seekers in Scotland - what's the background to the Serco contract issues?

CIH senior policy adviser John Perry takes a more detailed look at the background to the recent Serco contract issues in relation to accommodation for asylum seekers.

Published 14 September 2018