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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“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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Refugee charities call for urgent action to tackle asylum destitution in Scotland

Human rights based strategy needed to support people refused asylum in Scotland New research into the shocking levels of destitution experienced by people seeking asylum has identified an urgent need for a national action plan to tackle asylum and migrant destitution in Scotland. The research, coordinated by the Destitute Asylum…

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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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Youth Philanthropy Initiative with Mearns Castle High School

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI Grant to a local charity through a unique programme of team work, research and competition….

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Refugee Week and #RefugeeFestScot both coming soon!

Next month will be the 20-year anniversary of Refugee Week. The Refugee Week programme, which takes place from 18-24 June 2018, will see a range of events organised across the UK. The events will share a focus on promoting understanding about sanctuary and celebrating refugee contributions to the UK, following…

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Asylum in UK Parliamentary Report on Immigration and Consensus

Guest blog by Katharine Weatherhead In January 2018, the UK Parliament published a report called Immigration policy: basis for building consensus. Written by a committee of MPs, the report is the outcome of an inquiry into “whether it might be possible to build greater consensus on immigration policy” in the…

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