Get help

We provide the following information and advice to refugees and people seeking asylum.

Scottish Refugee Council offers information and advice to refugees and asylum seekers

  • If you have recently been granted Leave to Remain our Refugee Integration Service might be able to help you with advice on housing, education, work, health and how to get involved in Scottish life.
  • Our Family Keywork Service offers specialised advice and support to asylum seeking families with children from 0-8 yrs to support them while they go through the asylum system.
  • The Scottish Guardianship Service supports unaccompanied young people going through the asylum system in partnership with Aberlour Child Care Trust.

Read the Welcome to Scottish Refugee Council leaflet to find out more about what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you.

Asylum advice

If you are seeking asylum – or want to claim asylum – in the UK, you now need to contact Asylum Help on the Asylum Helpline: 0808 8000 630. Scottish Refugee Council no longer provides this service as of April 2014.

Legal advice

We cannot give legal advice, but we have put together a list of legal representatives who may be able to help you. 

See an adviser

If you are a refugee in Scotland and need advice, you can see one of our advisers face-to-face. We offer a drop-in service in the morning and appointments in the afternoon. Visit our contact page for more information and opening hours.

Need an interpreter?

If you have an appointment at our office and need an interpreter, we'll do our best to provide one. This is free for you, but if you are not able to make your appointment, let us know so we're not charged an interpreter fee. 

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

‘Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is here to support anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them.

We are here 24 hours a day, every day, and provide a confidential, sensitive service to anyone who calls us. We will help you regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or background. If English is not your first language, we can speak to you through a confidential translation service.’

Phone: 0800 027 1234