Asylum seekers / refugees



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

Jeremy Corbyn to meet eviction-threatened asylum seekers in Glasgow

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will today meet asylum seeker families in Glasgow threatened with eviction by outsourcing giant Serco and call for such services to be delivered by not for profit public bodies.

Published 22 August 2018

Govan Law Centre issues new Human Rights Act challenge against Serco

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has commenced additional legal proceedings at Scotland’s Supreme Court on behalf of an Iraqi asylum seeker threatened with eviction by Serco.

Published 14 August 2018

£110,000 grant to aid response effort for eviction-threatened asylum seekers

The Scottish Government has responded to the threat of asylum seekers in Glasgow facing homelessness and ‎destitution with emergency funding which will allow charities to provide support until their legal options have been exhausted.

Published 9 August 2018

‘Lock changes need permission’, Maryhill Housing tells Serco

Maryhill Housing Association has joined the growing list of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) frustrating the planned evictions of over 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow by telling Serco that it cannot change its locks without consent.

Published 8 August 2018

Serco to ‘pause’ asylum seeker lock-change plan as housing associations offer assistance

Housing provider Serco has said it will “pause” issuing lock-change orders to tenants refused asylum in the UK ahead of a court challenge following pressure from campaigners, charities and housing associations.

Published 7 August 2018