The Immigration Unit is a project within the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic dedicated to assisting individuals in their asylum cases and related immigration matters.
The Unit currently forms part of the Destitute Asylum Support Service Project (the DASS Project) and assists asylum seekers who have exhausted all rights of appeal (ARE – Appeal Rights Exhausted). The DASS Project is a service led by the Refugee Survival Trust in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council, the British Red Cross, the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic, the Glasgow Night Shelter, Fasgadh, and Arise & Walk.
Asylum seekers who have exhausted all rights of appeal are extremely vulnerable. Once their application for asylum is refused and their appeal is determined, they are no longer eligible for support or accommodation and often become destitute. They are not allowed to work and they have no means of providing for themselves. This has obvious implications for their sense of dignity and their psychological, as well as their physical, health. Yet, many such asylum seekers have good grounds for remaining in the UK as a refugee or because their human rights will be violated if they return to their countries of origin.
The Immigration Unit assists destitute asylum seekers who meet our criteria by conducting research, undertaking preparatory work and compiling evidence in support of their potential fresh claims of asylum. The work is undertaken with the aim of referring the information and evidence compiled to an immigration solicitor that can lodge the fresh claim of asylum with the Home Office. The Unit’s work plays an important role in assisting destitute asylum seekers to progress their cases as extensive ongoing support and detailed research is often required to evidence and support their fresh claims of asylum.
The Unit is also currently exploring opportunities to extend and develop its work.