Refugee charity calls for immediate suspension of migrant evictions

The Refugee Survival Trust is calling for the immediate suspension of evictions by Serco, the Home Office housing provider. Reports that vulnerable migrants are having their locks changed are a cause of grave concern, particularly reports that evictions are being targeted at the most vulnerable migrants. Evicting migrants and making…

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Invitation to Tender: Destitute Asylum Seeker Service Evaluation

The Refugee Survival Trust wishes to commission an evaluation of the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service (DASS). The project ran for an initial cycle of just over 3 years (from October 2014 to August 2018) and has now been refunded for a further 3 years. The evaluation will focus on the…

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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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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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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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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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