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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“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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