Refugee and asylum seeker unit

Glasgow Refugees and Asylum Seekers Unit with a particular focus on housing, health and the living conditions of asylum seekers and their families and children in Glasgow.

This is a new project. We are delighted to be supported by the AB Charitable Trust who fund this important work. There are approximately 10,000 refugee and asylum seekers in Glasgow. Asylum seekers have no right to work, cannot access the benefit system and rely on public services. Failed asylum seekers are exploited and are often living in very poor conditions. Many are destitute. We will update you shortly on our work and how to access these services

Research by both the Glasgow Caledonian University and Scottish Refugee Council show 96% of refugees experience homelessness at some point after receiving their status. The research also showed that half are unhappy with their living conditions. Lack of basic knowledge of services, rights and opportunities means clients do not know what to do to improve their situation.

GLC’s Principal Solicitor, Mike Dailly said: “We are convinced there is much unmet legal need amongst asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. We will use the law to inform, enforce rights and opportunities, and ensure full access to public services to improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow”.

GLC’s Glasgow Asylum Seekers Project will work with a number of partner organisations, including the Asylum Seeker Housing project. Our project will be headed up by Dee Flanigan, solicitor at Govan Law Centre.