Research reports

2016

June 2016

Holistic Integration Report Final June 2016

Evaluation report of year three of the Holistic Integration Service, offering up to twelve months support to people who have been granted Refugee Status, Humanitarian Protection, or Discretionary Leave to Remain following an asylum claim in Scotland. Read the Holistic Integration Report Executive Summary June 2016

April 2016

Article 31 (1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the Scottish Criminal Justice System

The intended aim of this research is to shed light on and provide an original contribution to the understanding of Article 31 (1) in Scotland and the intersection of the UK immigration regime with Scotland’s criminal justice system. 

March 2016

Scottish Refugee Council's Women's Project Impact Report

This report explores the impact of Scottish Refugee Council's women’s project in supporting the development of the Refugee Women's Strategy Group and its members, from 2011 to 2016.

Scottish Refugee Council's Family Keywork Service Evaluation Report

Our Family Keywork Service provides advice, advocacy and social integration support to families seeking asylum in Scotland who have at least one child in their household aged 8 or under; as well as to pregnant women. This report shares data from case files as well as various service user involvement and evaluation activities including focus groups and interviews.

2015

June 2015

Holistic Integration Service -  Year 2 report

Evaluation report of year two of the Holistic Integration Service, offering up to twelve months support to people who have been granted Refugee Status, Humanitarian Protection, or Discretionary Leave to Remain following an asylum claim in Scotland.

May 2015

Peer Education Evaluation Report

Evaluation report of the ‘Refugee Peer Education for Health and Well-being’ programme, developed and piloted by the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde NE Sector Health Improvement Team in collaboration with Scottish Refugee Council. 

2014

December 2014

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland: A Scottish model of intervention

The first major piece of research on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Scotland. Identifies populations across Scotland potentially affected by female genital mutilation and sets out a number of recommendations for prevention and response interventions.

August 2014

Holistic Integration Service year 1 evaluation report

Evaluation and learning report focusing on the first year (2013 - 2014) of our Holistic Integration Service.

The Extent and Impact of Asylum Accommodation Problems in Scotland - full report August 2014

This report investigates the housing experiences of asylum seekers in Glasgow accommodated through the Home Office's COMPASS framework.

The Extent and Impact of Asylum Accommodation Problems in Scotland -  Executive Summary August 2014

Executive summary highlighting key findings and recommendations from asylum accommodation report.

April 2014

Women and Children First? Refused asylum seekers’ access to and experiences of maternity care in Glasgow - Executive Summary

Women and Children First? Refused asylum seekers’ access to and experiences of maternity care in Glasgow - Full Report

This report investigates the access to maternity care in Glasgow for refused asylum seekers and their children.

2013

April 2013

'She endures with me': Final evaluation of the Scottish Guardianship Service Pilot (PDF)

'She endures with me': Final evaluation of the Scottish Guardianship Service Pilot (Executive Summary) (PDF)

An evaluation of the Scottish Guardianship Service, a pilot that assists young, unaccompanied refugees through the asylum process in Scotland. It is delivered in partnership between Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour Childcare Trust.

March 2013

In search of normality: Refugee Integration in Scotland (Final Report) (PDF)

This final report is the result of a three-year research study into refugee integration.

January 2013

In search of normality: Refugee Integration in Scotland (PDF)

This report provides a summary of a three-year research study into refugee integration. It focuses on employment, housing, education and health.

Refugees in Scotland after the Referendum (PDF)
Summary Report (PDF)

This report aims to stimulate the debate on asylum and refugee policy within the context of the Scottish Referendum on independence in 2014.

2012

December 2012

Evaluation of Scottish Refugee Council's influencing work 2008-2012 (PDF)

This briefing sets out some key points and findings from an evaluation of Scottish Refugee Council’s influencing work between 2008 and 2012. The evaluation assesses whether and how SRC influenced policy, practice and attitudes to refugees and asylum seekers.

October 2012

Trapped: Destitution and asylum in Scotland (PDF)
Summary report (PDF)

Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross and Refugee Survival Trust commissioned research from Glasgow Caledonian University’s Scottish Poverty Information Unit. This report unveils the truth about refugee destitution and people's struggle to survive in Scotland.

June 2012

Age Assessment Practice Guidance - An Age Assessment Pathway for Social Workers in Scotland (PDF)

This practice guidance- a first for the UK -  aims to help social workers in Scotland conduct the difficult task of assessing young people seeking asylum.

June 2012
Age Assessment Information Guide (for young people) (PDF)

This guide provides young people with common questions and answers about age assessment.

February 2012

A fairer Scotland for asylum seekers and refugees in a time of austerity - Scottish Refugee Policy Forum report (PDF)

Findings and report from the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum's annual conference.

2011

December 2011

First Annual Evaluation Report of the Work of the Scottish Guardianship Service Pilot (PDF)

This report outlines the evaluation process, approaches taken and identifies the measures of success and outcomes.

June 2011

Refugee Integration in Scotland
Statistical findings from stage 1

Statistical findings from stage one of a three-year study into how refugees and asylum seekers are integrating into life in Scotland. Includes research on how refugees experience housing, employment and communities.

May 2011

Refugee Integration in Scotland
Briefing 1: Key Findings from Stage 1

An overview of the first stage in our three-year study on integration among refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

March 2011

Delivering Human Rights in Scotland
An update on Scottish Public Authorities in 2010

This report is by Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Women’s Aid, The Scottish Association for Mental Health and Amnesty International Scotland. Human rights are fundamental in meeting the needs of the people that we work with. So we made Freedom of Information requests to 43 public sector bodies, asking them what steps they had taken to comply with Section 6 of the Human Rights Act. This report sets out the responses that we received, and makes recommendations for further action.

February 2011

Becoming British citizens?
Experiences and opinions of refugees living in Scotland


This research examines the opinions of refugees living in Scotland towards the UK citizenship process and their views on becoming British citizens. It was carried out by Strathclyde University and Scottish Refugee Council.

January 2011

Literature review updated 

We carried out an extensive literature review in winter 2008/2009. We committed to reviewing and cataloguing all research about asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland. This was to ensure that the literature review was not too time specific. This is the first of those updates.

2010

November 2010

Your inflexible friend: the cost of living without cash

This joint report by the Scottish Refugee Council, the Refugee Council, the Welsh Refugee Council, and the North of England Refugee Service criticises the Azure payment card, which leaves many living in hunger and deprivation.
Read the joint Westminster parliamentary briefing (55Kb PDF)

October 2010

A study of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) service user distribution

This report provides an analysis of the numbers of people from asylum seeker, refugee and broader BME and migrant communities within Glasgow; the distribution of these communities across the city; and the specific challenges faced by these communities and their needs. 

October 2010

Refugees' Experiences and Views of Poverty

Produced by Glasgow Caledonian University - and commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council - this research paper highlights the ongoing poverty faced by refugees once they gain their staus.

October 2010

Maintaining Family Unity Throughout the Asylum Support System in Policy and Practice

This report shows how asylum-seeking families who do not arrive in the UK together are being forced to chose between making themselves destitute in order to stay with their chidlren, or to live apart but receive support.

April 2010

“One day we will be reunited”
Experiences of Refugee Family Reunion in the UK

This report analyses the application process for refugees wishing to be reunited with their families. It highlights many of the barriers to reunion and the need for greater recognition of the right to be reunited.

February 2010

Integration Literature Review

2009

October 2009

“Even Among Asylum Seekers We Are The Lowest”
Life on Section 4 Support In Glasgow

This report highlights the problems associated with the cashlessness that living on Section 4 support imposes. It highlights both the length of time that people are surviving on Section 4 support and the problems associated with such a life.

September 2009

Asylum-seeking women: violence and health

This study, by Scottish Refugee Council and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reveals high levels of violence, depression and stress amongst asylum-seeking women. The report shows that women experience violence at all stages of the refugee journey.

June 2009

Navigating the maze: Refugee routes to housing, support and settlement in Scotland 

This research focuses on refugees’ experiences of accessing suitable accommodation. It was commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council and Access Apna Ghar Housing Association. It was carried out by Heriot Watt University and the Market Specialist.

March 2009

Literature review

The Scottish Refugee Council Literature Review highlights much of the research conducted in terms of asylum and refugee policy in Scotland. The report seeks to identify major themes and gaps  which exist within the field.

January 2009

The Second Destitution Tally: An indication of the extent of destitution among asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers and refugees

The Asylum Support Partnership, of which we are a member, has produced a second policy report on destitution among asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers and refugees.

2008

January 2008

Sanctuary- Mosaics of Meaning: Exploring Asylum Seekers and Refugees Views on the Stigma Associated with Mental Health Problems

Research undertaken with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow to explore patterns of stigma, discrimination and identify solutions to address these. We participated in the focus group sessions conducted by researchers at Positive Mental Attitudes.

July 2008

Access to legal advice for dispersed asylum seekers: Impact report

This short report by the Asylum Support Partnership, of which we are a member, examines the experiences of support agencies accessing the legal advice for dispersed asylum seekers throughout the UK.

2006

August 2006

They think we are nothing
A survey of destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland

This research captures a snapshot of the number of destitute asylum seekers and refugees presenting to voluntary sector agencies in Scotland during a one-month period. It also looks at their experiences and at what led to them becoming destitute.

March 2006

This is a good place to live and think about the future: The needs and experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Scotland

This research, conducted in conjunction with the Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society, looks at the needs and experiences of unaccompanied or separated asylum seeking children in Scotland.