Door Step refugee advice project now online

Door Step Equal Access is a unique multimedia project with a  participative approach to the development and delivery of information, advice and support services.

Paula’s Story is a short drama researched, written, acted in and filmed by the  five refugees who took part in the Door Step project in Glasgow, Scotland. It tells the story of the challenges facing a refugee family moving on from asylum support and trying to find a secure home.

The film is designed as an aid to advice work, and for training and awareness-raising. The DVD is accompanied by a User Guide which provides background information, highlights key issues and includes a checklist for advisers at each stage.

The DVD (in English, Arabic and French) and the User Guide are available free of charge from PATH Scotland, or can be downloaded from the Door Step website at:


Migrant Rights Network newsletter

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Migrants Rights News ~ No: 12, from the Migrant Rights Network
November 2008

  • Parliamentary “Prayer” urged around New Changes to Immigration Rules
  • MRN Launches Research into Government’s ‘Civil Penalty Regime’
  • Migrants used as ‘Guinea Pigs’ for Controversial ID Card Scheme
  • Migration, Demography and Recession fire up CBI Migration Summit Debates
  • Reports and Research
  • Upcoming Events

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Refugee homelessness in Glasgow

The Scottish Government has just published the latest national figures on homelessness. The trend appears to be downward, but there is a significant rise in families living in temporary homelessness accommodation – a problem highlighted earlier this year at the Shared Futures refugee housing seminar in Glasgow.

The UK-wide Home Office legacy review (of unresolved asylum applications) suddenly granted leave to remain to several hundred families in Glasgow over a very short period in late 2007/early 2008. This review obviously brought great joy and relief for the families, many of whom had been living in the city for several years awaiting a decision on their applications which seemed lost in the system.

But the review also brought extra pressures on local services as so many new refugees suddenly had their entitlement to Home Office housing and support terminated.

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Shared Futures: Glasgow refugee housing seminar report

A short report on the Shared Futures seminar: a Refugee Week 2008 event in Glasgow that brought together housing providers, planners, funders, support agencies, refugee residents and community organisations.

The Shared Futures seminar was organised by Community InfoSource and Govan Housing Association’s Community Inclusion Coordinator. The aims were to contribute to the local and national housing debate from a refugee perspective, and to update partners on the development of the Door Step project.

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Race Religion & Refugee Integration Funding announced

A decision on the outcome of the RRRI fund has finally been made.

The Scottish Government Equality Unit’s Race, Religion and Refugee Integration funding stream is designed to improve the lives of minority ethnic and faith communities in Scotland, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers and Gypsies/Travellers.

£5.5m funding has been made available from 1 July 2008 to 31 March 2011 for a range of projects working in the race and faith equality and refugee integration field. Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) will monitor and manage the grant scheme and will provide a package of support to the organisations receiving funding. This ensures that as well as receiving funding the projects are supported in a way that allows them to build capacity and share learning.

The projects awarded funding under the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund and the total amount they will receive over the 3 year funding period are outlined below.

For more information, see the Voluntary Action Fund website


Amount Awarded

Highland Diversity Project –

Inverness Citizens Advice Bureau


Community Law Centre – Govan Law Centre Trust


“Me Included” – Multi Ethnic Aberdeen Ltd (MEAL)


Happy to Translate’ Logo – Trust Housing Association



Bridging the Gap



Minority Communities Service Development Project – Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service


Workplace ESOL Project –  Glasgow ESOL Forum


Black Community Skills Project – Skillnet Edinburgh


Integration and Orientation programme –

Integrating Toryglen Community Ltd


Ladders to employability and integration – Bridges Programme



Integration Network –  Maryhill Integration Network


Asylum Seeker & Refugee Project – Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau


Good Community Relations Project – West of Scotland Race Equality Council


Govanhill Together – Crossroads Youth and Community Association


Race and Religion Relations Support Service – Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau


Empowering Youth: Future Leaders – Scottish Islamic Foundation



Connecting and Empowering Communities – Scottish Council of Jewish Communities



Inter-Faith Development Project – Edinburgh Interfaith Association


National Development Programme (Phase 2) –  Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People (MECOPP)



Youth – Faith Exploration  Services –  Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA)



Volunteer & Learning Development Project –  Greater Pollok Integration Network (GPIN)


Improving Access For All –

Ethnic Minorities Law Centre

(Glasgow/ Edinburgh)


Gypsy/Traveller Advice and Support Project – Gypsy Traveller Education and Information Project



Women & Children’s Project – Legal Services Agency



Festival of Spirituality and Peace – Church of St john the Evangelist



Empowering individuals media skills – Awaz FM



Partners in Mental Health – Saheliya



One Workplace Equal Rights Project – STUC



New Migrants Action Project – Positive Action in Housing



Family Counselling, Mediation & Advocacy project – Amina



DIWC Integration Project – Dundee International Women’s Centre


3R Project –  Young Scot



Building Partnerships Work – Scottish Alliance of Racial Equality Councils (working through Central Racial Equality Council, Edinburgh and Lothians REC, Grampian REC and West of Scotland REC)




News round-up, 13 July

Click here for Media reports, 7 July – 13 July, this week including:

  • Fears for Scotland’s economy as more Polish workers leave
  • Legal advice for farmers dealing with gangmasters
  • Highly Skilled Migrants returning after UK government legal defeat
  • Sarkozy’s controversial proposals for EU migration controls
  • The grim toll of African refugees mounts on Spanish beaches
  • Echoes of fascism with Italian persecution of Roma families
  • Human rights abuses as EU outsources border guarding to Ukraine

Also new on Migrant InfoSource:

Helping migrants in Scotland meet the cost of learning

United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers: FAQs

Weekly news round-up, 6 July

Click here for Media reports, 30 June – 6 July, this week including:

  • Gypsies and Travellers form coalition to counter escalating racism
  • UK attempts to send back 11,000 Mugabe refugees
  • Latin American leaders condemn ‘racist’ EU law
  • Sex trafficking of women and children
  • Report into abuse of migrant domestic workers
  • £8.80 for a week on NHS construction site