Asylum seekers and refugees
This content applies to Scotland only.
Housing laws vary between Scotland and England. Get advice relating to England
This section provides information on the housing rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.
It gives advice on how to access support from the UK Border Agency (formerly the National Asylum Support Service), as well as how to get help from the council if you or a member of your family needs help with an illness or disability.
UK law on people seeking asylum has changed over the years. The date you arrived can affect the support you will receive, find out more here.
How to access support and accommodation from the UK Border Agency. They provide help for certain asylum seekers with nowhere suitable to stay or no money to cover the cost of living.
This section explains who can claim benefits, and how to apply for accommodation. Check how the date of your arrival affects what help you might be eligible for.
If you or your family needs help with day-to-day tasks, you might get help from the council. They have a duty to support asylum seekers who are under 18 and have come to the UK without their parents.
If your claim for asylum fails, you will probably be able to get help and support from the UK Border Agency until it is possible for you to leave the country.
If your asylum claim has been successful then the support you received as an asylum seeker could be stopped. There are many other ways for you to access money and accommodation.
This page lists organisations that provide advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees.