Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Fife has a long and proud history of welcoming and supporting refugees and recognises it is a human right to be able to seek asylum in another country. Over the last 30 years we have opened our doors to people from countries throughout the world, including Afghanistan, Uganda and Kosovo.
Current crisis in Syria. How can you help?
Fife Council has confirmed that the Kingdom will welcome Syrian refugees, offering help and support to people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods.
If you would like to offer assistance with accommodation, please call 03451 55 55 55 ext 440644.
There are also a number of local charities you can contact who are also providing support.
Immigration and asylum are reserved issues and are the responsibility of the UK Government's Home Office. The UK is a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and is obliged to consider properly any application for asylum made by a person who claims to be fleeing persecution.
Some people seeking asylum are moved to Scotland as part of the UK Government’s dispersal policy within the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
The Scottish Government is responsible for devolved issues which relate to integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Scottish communities. This includes initiatives, such as English language classes and translation assistance, and services such as health care and education.
A refugee is a person who:
'owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country'
Article 1, 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
A refugee is entitled to the same social and economic rights as any UK citizen. Refugees have full access to medical treatment, education, housing and employment.
An asylum seeker is a person who:
‘has asked a Government for refugee status and is waiting to hear the outcome of their application.’