Lift the Ban – Scottish survey findings

Azita Jabbari, Policy and Research Officer at Refugee Survival Trust, reveals the outcome of their recent research in Glasgow Refugee Survival Trust (RST) would like to share the findings of a recent research project with you. This research, which collected quantitative and qualitative data, was conducted to complement similar research…

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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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New Scots? Exploring migration, asylum and refugee issues through the curriculum

We had a very inspiring meeting this morning to finalise the content of this exciting upcoming training course for teachers! Working together with WOSDEC Global Learning Centre and Refuweegee we’ll be exploring how teachers can explore migration, asylum and refugee issues in the classroom. There are still a few spaces left…

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RST Destitution Grants April – September 2017

Overview The first half of 2017-18 has once again seen an increase in the number of people applying for Destitution Grants from the Refugee Survival Trust, in comparison to previous years. Q1 & Q2 2015-16 – 370 grants distributed to a value of £25,821 Q1 & Q2 2016-17 – 410 grants…

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Freshly leeked – Veg Pledge is back!

Following its very successful launch in early summer, we are running another Veg Pledge to raise funds for our Destitute Asylum Seeker Service shopping budget programme.  Through this programme, we give small amounts of cash to help destitute asylum seekers in our temporary project accommodation with their weekly shop. The people we…

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New refugees and destitution

You are an asylum seeker in Glasgow. You have been in the asylum process for several years, working to persuade the Home Office that your claim for asylum is genuine and that you cannot return to your home country. Finally a decision is made – you have been granted refugee…

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Veg pledge for asylum seekers

Unfortunately, many people within the UK’s asylum process experience destitution. The Refugee Survival Trust’s Destitute Asylum Seeker Service is a lifeline for these individuals; we provide comprehensive support, including organising accommodation, bus pass vouchers and legal advice to help them to resolve their cases. We are now raising funds for…

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Nationalities of RST grant recipients

From April to December 2016, RST provided 619 destitution grants to refugees and asylum seekers. The grants came to a total of £53,919.45, with an average of £87.11. The top three nationalities of grant recipients were: Eritrean (14.7%), Syrian (11.9%), and Iranian (11.1%). Why do people flee from these countries?…

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