Scottish Refugee Council wins lotto grant to make Scotland a safer place for refugees

19 November 2007

Scottish Refugee Council, the leading agency working with refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland, has been awarded £944,543 over five years to make Scotland a safer and more welcoming place for refugees.

Granted through the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Supporting 21st Century Life’, the award will be used to further Scottish Refugee Council’s work in the areas of policy, research and communications to bring about a better understanding of the realities for refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.

Sally Daghlian, chief executive, Scottish Refugee Council, said:

“Scottish Refugee Council is delighted at this grant from the Big Lottery Fund. It will allow us to increase our ability influence for positive change by ensuring that accurate and up-to-date research and information about refugees in Scotland is readily available and clearly understood.

An awareness of the real issues facing refugees and asylum seekers is essential to overcome negative attitudes and prejudice,  which in turn will lead to safer and more integrated communities, a benefit not just for refugees, but for the whole of Scotland.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Scottish Refugee Council works to raise awareness of refugee issues and provides help and advice to those who have fled human rights abuses or other persecution in their homeland and now seek refuge in Scotland. See www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk
  • The Big Lottery Fund…whatever you want to say here
  • For more information, contact Aideen McLaughlin on 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763.