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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“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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A wheely good day with Bike for Good

I’ve been living in Glasgow since November 2018 and I was lucky enough to attend my first Bike for Good workshop in January 2019. 16 of us were present at the session. Although the weather was rainy in the morning so we could not go outside to ride bikes, we went downstairs and…

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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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