Asylum seekers / refugees



£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

Serco to press on with evictions as legal proceedings ‘imminent’

Home Office housing provider Serco has denied that moves to change the locks at the accommodation of asylum seekers in Glasgow will trigger a humanitarian crisis.

Published 2 August 2018

Taskforce set up to help asylum seekers threatened with eviction in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has set up a taskforce in a bid to help up to 300 asylum seekers facing eviction in the city.

Published 1 August 2018

Housing sector condemns Serco eviction plans as home secretary faces mounting pressure to intervene

The firm behind “crude and cruel” plans to change locks and evict up to 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow who have been told they have no right to stay in the UK is under increasing pressure to suspend the action.

Published 31 July 2018

Opinion: Serco’s course of action should be stopped immediately

Chartered Institute of Housing vice president Jim Strang reacts to news that hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow face eviction.

Published 31 July 2018

Hundreds of asylum seekers face being made homeless

Around 300 refugees in Glasgow could be made homeless from today when a private company begins a programme of changing locks to emergency accommodation.

Published 30 July 2018

Plans submitted for night shelter for refugees in Glasgow

A night shelter for asylum seekers or refugees could open in Glasgow if plans are approved by the city council.

Published 25 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

Councils lauded for humanitarian efforts as Scotland welcomes 2000th Syrian refugee

Scotland’s local authorities have been praised for their work to provide a safe home for refugee families as the country marked the arrival of the 2000th refugee through the Syrian Resettlement Programme, three years ahead of schedule.

Published 19 December 2017

Build new towns to house refugees, says Church of Scotland minister

A Church of Scotland minister has called for two new towns to be built in the Highlands that will house refugees.

Published 28 August 2017

Scotland welcomes 25% of Syrian refugees settled in UK

More than a quarter of all Syrian refugees who have arrived in the UK in the past two years have settled north of the Border.

Published 24 July 2017

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