Refugee Survival Trust fears rise in asylum seeker destitution

The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) fears that the recent Court of Session ruling allowing the eviction of refused asylum seekers from Home Office accommodation could result in hundreds of people being made destitute and forced into street homelessness in Glasgow. The case against Home Office Scottish accommodation provider Serco to…

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Cheerio Rasha! / Could YOU be our next Chair?

After nearly two years as the Chair of RST, Rasha Tindal has stepped down. During her time on the Board RST has been through significant change, faced the highest demand for destitution grants in its 25 year history, and increased its number of staff. Thank you Rasha for all of…

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RST raises concerns about Immigration White Paper

The Refugee Survival Trust has raised concerns following the publication of the Government’s draft paper on The UK’s future skills-based Immigration System on Wednesday. The small Scottish-based charity welcomed a number of the proposals in the White Paper, including the commitment to consider carefully the arguments around allowing asylum seekers to work;…

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HR and Finance professionals: We Need You!

After many years of dedicated service, our treasurer and the head of our HR subgroup plan to stand down from our Board of Trustees before the end of the year, so we are now looking for enthusiastic individuals with expertise in HR and finance to fill this incredibly important knowledge…

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‘Evros: The Crossing River’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Katharine Thanks to Seemia Theatre, who kindly offered several complimentary tickets, Refugee Survival Trust volunteers and staff had the opportunity to watch Evros: The Crossing River at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The production, in which five actors and actresses played multiple roles, portrayed different experiences of fleeing conflict and…

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“We can’t just blame Serco” says RST

Small Scottish charity Refugee Survival Trust has welcomed the news that Serco has temporarily paused their plans to change the locks of 330 asylum seekers who are overstaying their tenancy agreements, but says that the problem is bigger than Serco. A number of protests were organised in Glasgow after Serco…

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Destitute asylum seekers in Scotland to lose safety net when Destitution Grants programme is suspended

The Refugee Survival Trust, a small Scottish charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees, has today written to its partners to inform them that after many years of continuous operation, it will most likely be forced to suspend applications to its Destitution Grants programme at the end of the month. RST’s…

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Latest RST News, out now!

Keep up with all the latest RST news in our bumper Spring 2018 newsletter! Find out about new developments in the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service, see what we’ve been up to on the outreach and integration side of things, and enjoy a beautiful selection of Glasgow photos taken by current…

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