New research into the levels of destitution experienced by people seeking asylum has identified an urgent need for a national action plan to tackle asylum and migrant destitution in Scotland.
The research, coordinated by the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service, a Glasgow based project coordinated by the Refugee Survival Trust, Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross, University of Strathclyde Law Clinic, Glasgow Night Shelter, Castlemilk Community Church and Rehoboth Nissi Ministries, records the desperate experiences of people who have been refused asylum and made destitute in Scotland. The report demonstrates the barriers people face when trying to exercise their rights including accessing education, health and social care services. The research also highlights the need for national guidance for public sector staff who work with people who are destitute.
The report calls for urgent action to make sure people’s basic needs for food and shelter are met and recommends a number of additional practical steps that would make a huge difference to people’s lives, including allowing people to continue with their education and providing concessionary travel to allow people to attend important appointments.
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