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.
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 will engage in strategic legal casework and work to gather data on the impact of reforms to the asylum support system. The project will link 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 StrEEt Aware Project is a social justice collaboration between JRS, the law service at Shelter Scotland and Streetwork in Edinburgh. We provide free, confidential legal advice and information to EEA nationals who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping, on their legal rights in relation to their immigration position, destitution and homelessness, and potential exploitation.