Gillespie (2012) Trapped: Destitution and asylum in Scotland
This report draws attention to the risk of destitution faced by asylum seekers, who are at their most vulnerable if their asylum claim is refused. Gillespie (2012) explores the issue of destitution through interviews with some of those directly affected alongside survey data, supplemented by focus group and workshop input. The report questions the efficacy of the asylum system and decision-making processes (these are called into question on the basis of the success rate for appealed cases which is relatively high). The study underlines the fact that refusal of an asylum claim leaves many asylum seekers without the right to seek employment and without access to financial assistance, and thus without the mean to support themselves. The report provides an important assessment of the scale and nature of destitution experienced by those within the asylum system, it also provides an insightful account of the impact of destitution on asylum seekers in Scotland, and includes recommendations for moving forward.
Gillespie, M. (2012) Trapped: Destitution and asylum in Scotland. Glasgow: Scottish Poverty Information Unit.