CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA AT AN LANNTAIR in support of the Refugee Survival Trust

Reposted with permission from An Lanntair – the centre for arts and creativity in Stornaway, Outer Hebrides. 19th June 2019 – This week Caroline McKoen, Fundraising Development Coordinator from The Refugee Survival Trust, tells us how the charity are working with musicians Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland which takes…

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Expertise wasted and deteriorating mental health: asylum seekers in Glasgow reveal the impact of the UK government’s ban on work (our recent press release)

Research by the Refugee Survival Trust, reveals the high level of skills going to waste as a result of the UK government ban on their right to work, and the long term impact of this ban on their mental health.  “Asylum seekers who are not allowed to work, have an…

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Teach a man to fish!

Azita Jabbari-Arabzadeh writes about her various work experiences, highlighting the need for more accessible ESOL classes I am a multi-lingual person and before joining RST as a policy and research officer, I worked as a sessional interpreter on and off in the UK, including in Scotland in recent years. I…

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“A group of schoolchildren showed me that Scotland is my home”

by Alireza Mogharrabi, RST intern It was about 5 months ago that I arrived in the UK, where I did not know anybody. I have to say I received a warm welcome from staff at the airport but the only thing they were in charge of was putting a start…

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“I want to study health and social care so I can help people”

I am Marzieh, 30 years old, from Iran. I have been living in Glasgow for one year and 10 months. I am very pleased to live in this green, remarkable and wonderful Scottish city. Communicating with Glaswegians and people of other nationalities helps me experience new opportunities and lets me…

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“I felt like I had a new life with DASS”

Nsimba, a previous guest in the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service (DASS) accommodation from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tells us her story. “I originally arrived in March 2007 in Glasgow. “In 2010 all my asylum support was stopped. I didn’t have money, no food, no accommodation, everything was stopped….

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“They have smiles on their faces after moving to our accommodation”

RST Accommodation Worker Dodee Olangi tells us about her daily work on the DASS project. “I joined RST as an accommodation worker in 2016. When I got this job, I was really happy meeting and helping people especially vulnerable ones and considering my previous studies in medicine back in Congo,…

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