RST collates information from its grants statistics on an ongoing basis. This gives a clear insight into the causes of destitution and poverty among refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.

This page contains research published by RST from its grants statistics; and reports published by other organisations, some of which make use of our data.

Preventing Destitute Homelessness

In October 2012, Refugee Survival Trust commissioned consultants Community InfoSource to investigate the Prevention of Asylum Seeker Homelessness in Scotland. The report was published in June 2013 and provided a very useful but worrying insight into the situation being faced by destitute, homeless asylum seekers in Scotland. The report also provided a proposal for a project that would provide accommodation and high quality, targeted advice support for destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow. Consequently, RST is now leading the new DASS Partnership Project. You can read a summary of the CiS report here and the full report here.

  Trapped: Destitution and the Asylum System in Scotland
Research by Morag Gillespie of the Scottish Poverty Information Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University, commissioned by RST, Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross, 2012. Please download the full and summary reports here: Full Report and Summary Report (all in pdf format)
  21 Months Later
An update report on ’21 Days Later’, reviewing progress and next steps based on 18 months of RST grants data, by the British Red Cross and RST 2011. Please download the report here: 21 Months Later Report (in pdf format)
  21 Days Later
A detailed analysis of the causes and extent of destitution in Scotland, based on statistics from 3000 RST grants, by the British Red Cross and RST 2009. Please download the report here: 21 Days Later Report (in pdf format)
“What’s going on?”
A study into destitution and poverty faced by asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland by Marsden et al. Commissioned on behalf of RST. Please download the full and summary reports here: Full Report and Summary Report (all in pdf format)

Other organisations’ research

I don’t feel human: Experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants, by The Children’s Society 2012

Coping With Destitution: Survival and livelihood strategies of refused asylum seekers living in the UK, Oxfam, 2011

At the end of the line, Still Human Still here 2010

Down and out in London: the road to destitution for rejected asylum seekers, Amnesty International UK, November 2006

The Destitution Trap, Asylum’s Untold Story, Refugee Action, 2006

For further research:

Scottish Refugee Council, GRAMnet, ICAR and COMPAS also list useful research reports on destitution and other asylum and migration issues on their websites.

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