The impact of COVID-19 on refugees and refugee-assisting organisations in Scotland.

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected people seeking refugee protection in Scotland?

We asked people how they were feeling and coping as the country emerged from lockdown in July 2020.

Here’s what they told us:

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Loneliness, isolation and food poverty are key concerns:

40% of people in the asylum system reported poor or very poor mental health.

37% of people in the asylum system said they had contact with friends or relatives just a few times a month.

70% of respondents said that not having enough money to buy food was a serious or moderate problem.

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The report was written by Gary Christie and Helen Baillot, and supported by funding from the Respond & Adapt Fund.

We are indebted to the individuals and organisations who gave their time and shared their views in completing the surveys.

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