Edgar Prais – Scottish Refugee Council Volunteer

Edgar Prais Nov 2011

My parents were German, and sought refuge in Scotland in 1939 at the outset of World War II. Thanks to the help and support of generous Scots, they survived the war and I could be born in a free and safe society.

I’ve seen a positive change in people’s attitudes to asylum seekers, but there are still too many misconceptions. The only way to overcome them is to help the rest of society understand the facts and realities of those seeking asylum.

Having gone on to have a 40-year career in criminal law, I was able to speak out against injustice my whole working life, and through volunteering at Scottish Refugee Council I can continue to do so in my retirement – supporting those whose asylum claims have been refused.