Migrant communities in Scotland face various barriers to accessing justice when it comes to destitution and discrimination. Our Migrant Destitution Project and our StrEEt Aware Project tackle a range of complex matters where social security law, housing law, immigration law and European law coincide. We have identified this as a gap in legal service provision in Scotland and we are using our expertise and collaborations to address this.
Migrant Destitution Project
The Migrant Destitution Project is a social justice collaboration with British Red Cross which aims to use the law to tackle homelessness and destitution for those seeking international protection in Scotland. We engage in strategic legal casework and work to gather data on the impact of reforms to the asylum support system. The project links into a similar service being delivered in London by Deighton Pierce Glynn and Praxis, allowing us to engage in cross-border analysis, ensuring maximum impact, learning and evaluation.
The project was launched in August 2017, supported by funding secured by the British Red Cross. Part of JRS’ contribution has also been made possible through grant funding by The Legal Education Foundation.
Who we are
Jillian McBride is the co-ordinator for this collaborative project. She is the Refugee Support Operations Manager at the British Red Cross for the West of Scotland. She has been working with refugees since 2004.
What we do
The Migrant Destitution Project provides the following services:
- Enhanced legal support for British Red Cross caseworkers who are assisting individuals to access their rights to accommodation and support in Scotland
- Strategic litigation on behalf of individuals in the areas of asylum support and public law
- Dissemination of information on the rights and entitlements of migrants vulnerable to destitution and homelessness through public legal education and professional training
Contribution to policy and research on the barriers facing these individuals in accessing their legal rights, information and advice
How to get in touch
At present, the enhanced legal support we provide within the Migrant Destitution Project is only available to service users of British Red Cross. However, we also take direct referrals and provide second-tier advice to organisations not associated with the British Red Cross.
To make a referral to British Red Cross for casework support, please call 0141 331 4170 or complete this referral form. To make a referral to JustRight Scotland, for legal advice or second-tier advice, get in touch here.
Watch clips from a workshop on “No Recourse to Public Funds: Supporting Individuals and Understanding Their Rights”, delivered by Jen to social work students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). The workshop was co-designed with Natalia Farmer, a PhD student at GCU, and Olivia Ndoti, from the Women’s Asylum Support Housing Project (WASH) with lived experience of NRPF destitution. Read more about the law here.