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.

How Will We Survive?
(Refugee Survival Trust and British Red Cross, 2021)

Led by Tamara Al-Om of British Red Cross and our team of peer researchers, this research examines the causes of asylum-related destitution. 

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An Unstable Environment
(Pro Bono Economics, 2021)

RST worked with Pro Bono Economics to produce this analysis of the economic and personal costs of poor Home Office decision making.

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From Pillar To Post
(Refugee Survival Trust, 2019)

This report by Ruth McKenna records the desperate experiences of people who have been refused asylum and made destitute in Scotland and highlights the need for a national action plan to tackle asylum and migrant destitution.

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Preventing Destitute Homelessness
(Community Infosource, 2013)

This report provided a very useful but worrying insight into the situation being faced by destitute, homeless people seeking asylum in Scotland. The proposal in this report led to the RST-led DASS Partnership Project, which ran until November 2021.

Downloads (PDF files): Full Report and
Summary Report


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.

Downloads (PDF files): Full Report and Summary Report


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.

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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.

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“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.

Downloads (PDF files): Full Report and Summary Report

For further research:

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

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