Scottish Refugee Council



Scottish Refugee Council launches Afghan support network

The Scottish Refugee Council has started an Afghan Support Network to coordinate all of its members' generous offers of support for Afghan refugees.

Published 31 August 2021

New housing guide aims to help give refugees a safe place to call home

Scottish Refugee Council and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have launched new guidance to help landlords give refugees and people seeking asylum a safe and secure place to call home.

Published 22 July 2021

Refugee organisations pen open letter to Home Office on Aspen card crisis

More than 50 refugee and migrant organisations, lawyers and academics across Scotland, Wales and England have signed an open letter to home secretary Priti Patel to raise questions about the ongoing Aspen card crisis and the card contractor PrePaid Financial Services.

Published 11 June 2021

Sabir Zazai: Everyone Home Collective's second route map is a bold statement of intent to eradicate destitution in Scotland

The Everyone Home Collective launches its second route map, 'Scotland’s Ambition to End Destitution and Protect Human Rights' at Homeless Network Scotland’s ‘Safe As Houses’ conference this week. Sabir Zazai, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, discusses the urgency and spirit of collaboration driving the project.

Published 21 October 2020

Everyone Home unveils ‘triple-lock’ of homelessness mitigation measures in second Route Map

The Everyone Home Collective of influential charity and academic sector organisations working to end homelessness will start consulting from Monday on the second in a series of Route Maps designed to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 11 August 2020

Sabir Zazai: Stop treating people like pieces on a chessboard

Scottish Refugee Council CEO Sabir Zazai reveals anger over ‘abject failures’ of the Home Office and discusses how hostile asylum policies are out of touch with Scottish public opinion.

Published 7 July 2020

Report finds Mears had been fined for missing targets to find long-term accommodation for asylum seekers

Warnings about the adverse effect that placing asylum seekers in hotels and serviced apartments for long periods of time could have on their wellbeing were issued long before Mears moved hundreds of people from their homes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 6 July 2020

Scottish Refugee Council secures nomination agreement with Glen Oaks Housing Association

The Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) to work alongside housing associations to increase the housing options and quality of housing available to people it supports.

Published 14 April 2020

Asylum accommodation evictions paused for three months

The Home Office has confirmed that all evictions and terminations of asylum support have been paused for three months.

Published 2 April 2020

Charities issue plea to prevent COVID-19 evictions from UK asylum accommodation

A coalition of charities has called on Mears, Serco and the Home Office requesting an end to evictions from asylum accommodation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 March 2020

Report outlines ten-point plan to prevent lock-change evictions

Immediate and fundamental reform of the asylum system is required to prevent lock-change evictions, destitution and street homelessness of some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 14 February 2020

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 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

International summit calls for humanitarian safety net for households not entitled to benefits

At a major international summit taking place in Glasgow this week, the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and international charities will call for the Home Office to enable a humanitarian safety net in Scotland for those who sought refugee protection and are unable to receive homelessness support because of their immigration status.

Published 4 September 2019