Asylum seekers / refugees

SNP 2017 general election manifesto launched in Perth

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the SNP’s key policies yesterday as the party leader revealed its manifesto for the upcoming general election.

Published 31 May 2017

Positive Action in Housing welcomes destitution report

Positive Action in Housing has welcomed a Holyrood committee’s report which found insecure immigration status to be a key aggravating factor leading to destitution.

Published 26 May 2017

Lack of accommodation a key element of proposed anti-destitution strategy

MSPs are calling for a national strategy to alleviate the situation of hundreds of people with insecure immigration status in Scotland from becoming destitute.

Published 23 May 2017

Govan Law Centre to launch Glasgow Asylum Seekers Project

Govan Law Centre (GLC) is to launch a Glasgow Asylum Seekers Project with a particular focus on housing, health and the living conditions of asylum seekers and their families and children in the city.

Published 12 May 2017

Glasgow houses almost twice as many asylum seekers than any other UK council

Glasgow is home to more asylum seekers than any other local authority area in the UK, research has found.

Published 11 April 2017

Red Cross report reveals plight of asylum seekers trapped in destitution

A new report from the British Red Cross has exposed how refused asylum seekers are trapped in a life of destitution in Scotland.

Published 6 March 2017

MPs slam Home Office for ‘shameful’ asylum housing

The state of some asylum accommodation provided by Home Office contractors throughout the UK has been branded “disgraceful” by MPs.

Published 31 January 2017

MSPs investigate destitution amongst asylum seekers

Ways in which Scottish public services can help asylum seekers facing destitution are to be investigated by MSPs on Holyrood’s equalities and human rights committee.

Published 25 January 2017

Scottish RSLs pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable Syrian families

Housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland have shown an overwhelming act of solidarity and humanity as they pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable families being relocated to the UK as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation (VPR) scheme run by the UK government.

Published 25 November 2016

Housing officer named Employee of the Year for ‘compassion’ to refugees

Housing policy officer Gail Ward has been named Employee of the Year by Highland Council for the care and compassion she has shown in welcoming Syrian refugees to the region and her work to ease the impact welfare reform.

Published 23 November 2016

Local authorities praised for response to Syrian refugee crisis

Scotland has welcomed more than 1,200 Syrian refugees since the first flight arrived in Glasgow one year ago, according to the Scottish Government.

Published 18 November 2016

‘Team of the Year’ award for North Lanarkshire’s Syrian Resettlement Project

North Lanarkshire Council’s Syrian Resettlement Project Team scooped the ‘Team of the Year’ for excellence in housing by the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland.

Published 16 November 2016

New guidance issued to housing staff working with refugees

A new guide to ensure refugees’ right to quality accommodation is upheld has been issued to housing professionals.

Published 26 August 2016

Scotland ‘leading led the way’ in resettling Syrian refugees

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs committee, has said that Scotland has “led the way” in the UK’s efforts to resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

Published 4 August 2016

Queens Cross Housing Association football tournament welcomes refugees

Over 100 football fans came together for a community football tournament to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Glasgow.

Published 10 May 2016