Scottish Refugee Council



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

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

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

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

£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

£1.6m funding boost for homelessness and housing projects

Grants totalling £1.6 million will fund innovative services aimed at tackling homelessness and improving housing, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Published 22 January 2018

New Scottish refugee integration strategy launched

A new strategy has been developed with the help of more than 700 asylum seekers and refugees to help them settle into communities across Scotland.

Published 10 January 2018

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

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

MPs to investigate outsourcing of asylum seeker housing

A committee of MPs is to launch an inquiry into the Home Office’s outsourcing of asylum seeker housing to private companies across the UK.

Published 23 March 2016

Call for urgent inquiry into Glasgow asylum seeker allegations

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has repeated calls for an independent investigation into allegations over the way asylum seekers are treated and housed in Glasgow.

Published 2 March 2016

Lone parents, disabled women and refugees ‘impacted most’ by benefit sanctions

Calls for new welfare at Holyrood to be used to redress some the “devastating” impacts of benefit sanctions on women will be heard by MSPs today.

Published 2 June 2015