Asylum seekers / refugees



Appeal to convert Castlemilk care home into asylum housing rejected

An appeal to overturn a decision which rejected plans to convert a former Castlemilk care home into temporary asylum seeker accommodation has been refused.

Published 23 January 2020

£252,000 of advocacy support funding announced for asylum seekers

Nearly 150 asylum seekers facing imminent homelessness in Glasgow will be given urgent, intensive advocacy support from local organisations, supported by a further funding package from the Scottish Government.

Published 6 January 2020

East Ayrshire agrees to rehome child asylum seekers

Up to six unaccompanied child asylum seekers are to be brought to East Ayrshire as part of a resettlement deal.

Published 18 December 2019

Positive Action in Housing opens Christmas appeal for refugees in Glasgow

Refugee and migrant homelessness charity Positive Action in Housing has launched an appeal to raise £10,000 by Christmas Day.  

Published 16 December 2019

Lawyers who took on Serco and its lock-change evictions programme win at Herald Law Awards

A collaboration of lawyers who took on a multi-billion-pound national services company to defend the rights to a home for more than 300 highly vulnerable asylum seekers has won the Judges Award at The Herald’s 2019 Law Awards of Scotland.

Published 28 November 2019

Glasgow City Council must ‘step up and prevent a humanitarian crisis’

Glasgow City Council should be “bold” and do more to aid the plight of the asylum seekers facing lock-change evictions by Serco, according to Govan Law Centre solicitor advocate Mike Dailly.

Published 26 November 2019

Serco lock-change evictions case: Court of Session ruling in detail

A failed asylum seeker who claimed that it was “unlawful” for her housing provider to evict her from temporary accommodation by changing the locks to the property without first obtaining a court order has had her appeal dismissed.

Published 15 November 2019

Serco's lock-change evictions of asylum seekers deemed lawful by Scotland’s highest civil court

Scotland’s highest civil court has found that lock-change evictions of asylum seekers without court orders are lawful in a judgment whose implications are "deeply concerning".

Published 14 November 2019

Serco lock-change evictions ruling expected tomorrow

A decision in the case brought against the lock-change evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow carried out by Serco will be handed down by Scotland’s highest civil court tomorrow.

Published 12 November 2019

Report highlights ‘formidable’ work of Positive Action in Housing

Securing support and accommodation for thousands of refugees and campaigning against lock-change evictions by Serco are among the achievements of Positive Action in Housing over the last year.

Published 28 October 2019

Serco lock-change evictions paused by Glasgow Sheriff Court

Asylum seekers facing eviction proceedings in Glasgow have been given a temporary reprieve by a court.

Published 30 September 2019

Glasgow City Council hosts refugee homelessness event

Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) hosted an event on the impact of homelessness on refugees yesterday.

Published 26 September 2019

Court of Session to hear appeal into Serco lock-change evictions ruling

A legal bid to stop Serco’s eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow will return to the Court of Session today as an appeal into a ruling that the housing provider’s lock-change policy was not unlawful gets under way.

Published 28 August 2019

Living Rent holds 'lock-in' to highlight council's 'failure' to protect Glasgow asylum seekers

Tenants' union Living Rent held a symbolic 'lock-in' at Glasgow City Council on Tuesday and sent a letter of demands urging the local authority to take responsibility for asylum seekers facing eviction via lock changes by Serco.

Published 21 August 2019

Fifty lock-change evictions blocked by Glasgow Sheriff Court

The fight against Serco’s lock-change evictions in Glasgow continues with fifty evictions now blocked by Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Published 9 August 2019