Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre

Our Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre delivers collaborative projects targeting 5 key areas of work:

Second Tier Immigration & Asylum Advice Line

Our second-tier immigration and asylum advice line provides free, confidential advice for advisers or professionals in Scotland.

Telephone: 0141 406 5353

When: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm
How often: Weekly
Who for: Advisers or professionals in Scotland seeking 2nd tier advice relating to immigration and asylum law
Advice from:  JustRight Scotland solicitors, provided confidentially

Find out more: Second Tier Immigration & Asylum Advice Line (PDF)

Listen to Andy Sirel, centre lead, talk about our Scottish Refugee and Migrant Centre:


Legal Factsheets

Resources

Refugee Family Reunion: Families Together Practitioners Conference (PDF)

British Red Cross are hosting this free online event on Tue, 29 June 2021 from14:00 – 17:00 BST.

The aim of the event is to take stock of the current UK Refugee Family Reunion policy and operational landscapes, share good practice and strengthen the coordination among organisations involved in family reunion.  Agenda and speakers to be announced soon – visit the Eventbrite link below for more details.

‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and migrant women living with abuse

By Hanan El-Atrash In the UK, some migrants are subject to a condition called No Recourse to Public Funds or NRPF, which can have far reaching consequences for migrant women, particularly those living...

Access to Healthcare for People with No Recourse to Public Funds

"Hello, can I please see your photo ID and proof of address, please?" This question was posed to participants upon arriving at the workshop ‘Access to Health and Social Care for people with No Recourse...

An afternoon with Belgrade Centre for Human Rights

After months of preparation, JustRight Scotland opened its doors today! We got off to a quick start with an afternoon meeting with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights at the offices of the Scottish...

COVID-19 Policy and Migrants in Scotland

It seems like both forever – and simultaneously no time at all – since Scotland went into lockdown. And though we may now be talking about taking the first tentative steps towards lifting restrictions, the...

Deal or No Deal?  What EU Citizens in Scotland can do now to prepare for Brexit

Challenges for EU Citizens in Scotland: How to Prepare for Brexit? Faced with the continuing uncertainty around the Brexit settlement and the status of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement, our JustRight...

Destitution and Seeking Protection

In May 2017, the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) published a report on the findings of its recent inquiry on destitution and homelessness of asylum seekers and people...

EU Citizens and Access to Benefits: Time is Running Out for EU Citizens to Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

  Gwyn King, our specialist welfare expert and Senior Associate Solicitor in our Scottish Just Law Centre (SJLC) warns that time is running out for EU citizens and their family members to apply to...

FGM: Breaking Down Barriers

Here are some things about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) many people do not know: Women and girls in Scotland are at risk of FGM; This is not something that is based in any religion; and It is a...

Home Office ‘Activist Lawyers’ Tweet Shows Govt is Not Above the Law

Yesterday, the Home Office published a video on Twitter criticising the role of "activist lawyers" in abusing "rigid regulations" to "delay and disrupt" the removal of people "who have no right to remain

Immigration: Preparing for Brexit

On 08 September 2017 at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow around 100 people (mainly immigration lawyers) gathered to hear about what Brexit means for immigration law, now and in the future. ...

JRS Spark: Brexit & Scotland – Migration Rights event report

As 29 March 2019 (the date that the UK officially leaves the European Union) looms closer and closer, many EEA nationals residing in Scotland are still unsure on how their migration status and rights ...

Migrant Young People and SAAS

Thanks to our JustRight intern, Niamh Grahame, for writing this blog. Starting university can be a stressful time for any young person. This stress is often amplified for migrant young people in Scotland....

Migrants Deserve Less Rhetoric and More Action

Over the last week we have seen many from across our Parliaments take a knee and tweet messages of their commitment to tackling racism, with the backdrop of disproportionate Covid-19 deaths across the...

New Collaborations for Children!

We have recently been awarded a grant of funding from Unbound Philanthropy for JustRight for Refugee Children to establish two new collaborations! Unbound Philanthropy is a private grant-making foundation...

New Plan for Immigration Consultation: A Briefing for Scottish Civil Society Organisations

On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law.  The consultation invites members of...

New Plan for Immigration Consultation: Our Response

On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. JustRight Scotland and our JustCitizens...

New: Factsheet on reunited family members

Our Scottish Family Reunion Service (SFRS) has published a new factsheet on the rights of reunited family members once they are in the UK.  Immigration law in the UK is more complex than ever and is in...

Now is the time to show the Home Office the door

PRESS RELEASE After Thursday's events in Glasgow, where the community successfully intervened to protect two migrants, JustRight Scotland has written to the First Minister and Justice Minister calling...

Part 1: What on earth is age assessment?

This is the first in a 2 part blog on age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seeking children. At the Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre our lawyers are specialists in age assessments. If you don’t...

Part 2: Top Tips for Age Assessment

This is part 2 of our blog series on age assessment, written by our JustRight intern Niamh Grahame. To read part 1, click here. As we covered in part 1, there is no single reliable method for carrying...

Response to Independent Review on the Human Rights Act

We have submitted a response to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), in response to its call for evidence which closed on 3 March 2021. Our submission makes it clear that we see ...

Scottish Family Reunion Legal Service

  From 1 August 2017, JustRight Scotland has been funded by Unbound Philanthropy to deliver a Scottish Family Reunion Legal Service in collaboration with the British Red Cross.   Unbound...

Stamping Out NRPF in Scotland

By Talat Yaqoob The news stories of the increasingly dangerous and dehumanising policies being considered by the Home Office have continued to dominate another week in the press. We know that these...