Scottish Refugee Council's response to the consultation on the closure of Bridgeton, Castlemilk and Maryhill jobcentres and the services provided being transferred to other jobcentres in the city of Glasgow.
This briefing paper aims to provide policy makers and service providers with an overview of what we know about refugees’ experience of mental health stigma and discrimination, and sets out recommendations for how best to respond to the mental health needs of new communities.
Updated guidance for housing sector professionals working with refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.
Based on our 'Key Principles of a Fair and Humane Asylum System', Scottish Refugee Council's manifesto sets out five practical recommendations for the new Scottish Government to be elected in May 2016.
This briefing, published by Oxfam GB in partnership with 12 other agencies including Scottish Refugee Council, provides an overview of what the UK should do to deliver on its responsibility to respond to global displacement.
Scottish Refugee Council sets out six principles as a benchmark for how asylum seekers’ and refugees’ rights should be respected, and to ensure that they are welcomed, treated with dignity and empowered to play a full and equal role in their new communities. These Key Principles of Protection are consistent with international, European and domestic human rights and refugee law and are based on Scottish Refugee Council’s 30 years’ experience of working with and for refugees in Scotland, the UK and Europe.
- 'Protecting and Welcoming Refugees in Europe': A joint statement issued by ICMC Europe on behalf of the SHARE Network.
- Scottish Refugee Council's briefing for Second Reading of the Immigration Bill in House of Commons.
- Scottish Refugee Council's response to Home Office’s consultation on "Reforming support for failed asylum seekers and other illegal migrants"
Scottish Refugee Council firmly believes no person seeking or refused asylum should be rendered destitute. We reject the Home Office’s consultation proposals in their entirety. Our full response is in this submission to the Home Office.
- Refugee Crisis Briefing ahead of Scottish Parliament Debate on the Refugee Crisis, 15 September 2015
This briefing sets out background information on the refugee crisis, what the UK Government response has been, what the Scottish Government response has been, and what we think the solutions are to the crisis.
- Scottish Refugee Council’s response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (APPG) and the APPG on Refugees joint inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK.
Equality organisation Engender have worked with Close the Gap, Scottish Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Convention, Zero Tolerance and Scottish Refugee Council to create this joint position paper on women and the welfare reform.
- Stakeholder consultation on draft of Equally Safe: Scotland’s strategy for preventing the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls
As part of the process of developing a strategy to tackle the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls in Scotland, the Scottish Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders. This is our response.
This is our response to the Scottish Government's call for vies on the new Housing (Scotland) Bill.
Scottish Refugee Council is instinctively sympathetic to the rationale and objectives of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.
In this statement, representatives from Scotland’s housing, health and migrants’ rights and refugee sectors outline their key concerns regarding the housing and health proposalsii in the UK Government’s Immigration Bill.
Scottish Refugee Council welcomes the cross-party consensus in The Scottish Parliament against the Go Home campaign.
Along with the Scottish Government and COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership, we presented the new integration strategy on 9 December 2013. This is an ambitious strategy with the purpose of co-ordinating the efforts of all organisations involved in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland in order to make Scotland a welcoming place to people seeking protection.
Our consultation responses to The Department of Health and the Home Office on health and housing issues arising from the proposed Immigration Bill.
This report outlines recommendations made by Scottish Refugee Council to the Work and Pensions Select Committee. It calls for greater accessibility for all groups to Jobcentre Plus services and a fuller understanding of the needs of asylum seekers and refugees.
This report contains the evidence submitted to the Home Affairs Select Committee enquiry into asylum, the first focused inquiry in this area in ten years.
This briefing outlines the rights and legal entitlements of refugees and asylum seekers to NHS services.
This briefing provides background to issues affecting asylum seeking and refugee women. It also highlights solutions needed to ensure women who have fled persecution and conflict have a fair and equal opportunity to seek safety and rebuild their lives in Scotland with dignity.
This short submission seeks to provide some additional evidence on the rights of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children in Scotland.
This paper seeks to outline the problematic situation of separated children who have been granted refugee or humanitarian protection status in the UK and want to be reunited with their parents.
This report is a result of the project ‘Guardianship in Practice’ in cooperation with and support of the European Commission (European Refugee Fund) and the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM). We have contributed to its findings.
This is our reponse to the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill consultation.
This is our response to the consultation submitted by our Child Policy Officer
This briefing sets out the background to this development, the impact it is already having on people seeking asylum and our views and concerns.
Asylum Support Partnership (ASP) Move-On and Integration Advice following cuts to RIES and OSS Services (178Kb, PDF)
This statement has been agreed by the Asylum Support Partnership (ASP), which brings together key national and regional charitable providers of asylum support services to refugees and asylum seekers, to ensure, through collaborative work, that asylum seekers get the support they need.
Our response to the draft of the Social Housing Charter is based, like our former response on the consultation document in May, on our casework experience and research. Our response focuses on the promotion of a human rights approach and the inclusion of an equality outcome.
Our response is based on our experiences providing services, including housing advice, to asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland. It is also based on published research we commissioned into refugees’ experiences accessing stable housing in Scotland.
Our response regarding the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland's inquiry on human trafficking in Scotland, which looks at all forms of trafficking, particularly into sexual exploitation. Our response to the consultation focuses solely on the components of the inquiry where we have evidence and/or sound operational knowledge.
A briefing on UK Border Agency’s termination of its housing contract with Glasgow City Council, plus their refusal to respond to MSPs’ representations on individual asylum and immigration cases.
Read the debate in the Scottish Parliament on 16 December 2010.
A fresh start? The new Government’s agenda for reforming the asylum system in the UK
The purpose of our annual conference on 29 October 2010 was to provide a forum for stakeholders to feed their views into policy reviews, including a review of the asylum process itself, against the background of challenging financial pressures. The report presents a synopsis of the conference and the recommendations that came from each of the workshops.
National guidance for child protection in Scotland
Our response soley relates to the components of the guidance which focus on separated children.
Fresh thinking, new ideas: housing policy in Scotland
This is our response to the Scottish Government's green paper, 'Fresh Thinking, New Ideas'. We welcome the opportunity to have our say on housing policy in Scotland. Our response is based on the experiences of our new Housing Development Officer and on our recently published research, 'Navigating the maze.' Read our research report Navigating the maze: refugee routes to housing support and settlemen (906Kb, PDF).
Having long called for the end of child detention for immigration purposes, we welcome the UK Government’s commitment to ending this inhumane practice. Scottish Refugee Council is a member of both the Refugee Children’s Consortium and the Immigration Legal Practitioners’ Association. We support their respective submissions in response to the consultation. This submission seeks to provide a specific Scottish perspective to the review. Further submissions and access to asylum support
Joint response from the Asylum Support Partnership (ASP)
This policy document contains evidence about the problems and destitution experienced by many asylum seekers as a result of policy changes on presenting further submissions on asylum claims.
Glasgow Housing Association consultation on allocation policy
This is our response to Glasgow Housing Association's consultation on its housing allocation policy.
Law Commission consultation on adult social care
This is our response to The Law Commission consultation on its proposals for reforming the law in relation to Adult Social Care in England and Wales (consultation paper no. 192).
Responses by Scottish Refugee Council and the Asylum Support Partnership to UK Border Agency consultation
The response by Asylum Support Partnership (ASP) references our research and Scottish specific aspects of the report. ASP states: “We are concerned that the Government's proposals will fail to create a coherent support system which meets the needs of asylum seeking individuals and families in the UK, resulting in destitution remaining a feature of the UK asylum system, at great cost to individuals and society.”ASP is made up of ourselves, Welsh Refugee Council, Refugee Council, North East Refugee Services and, at the time of the report, Refugee Action. Read the Scottish Refugee Council response
Joint response by Scottish Refugee Council, Refugee Council and Welsh Refugee Council to UK Border Agency consultation.
We are concerned about the extent to which parliament allows extensive powers to be given to the Secretary of State, to be enacted in the form of rules, without sufficient detail of how these powers are to be exercised.