Asylum seekers / refugees



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

Orkney councillors hold further discussions on Syrian refugee resettlement

Plans to offer a home in Orkney to Syrian refugees took a further step forward last week as councillors recommended that two properties currently held for student accommodation be used to house the two families that could be resettled here.

Published 29 March 2016

Blog: Aye welcome refugees - By Mhairi Black

Helping the homeless people on our streets and helping those who are suffering unimaginable tragedies in their home countries are not mutually exclusive. It is not a choice between one or the other.

Published 19 November 2015