Contribute Your Story

How to contribute

Refugees and asylum seekers are the true experts when it comes to experiencing the asylum process and trying to make a new life in the UK. In seeking to make that life there will be many others that they engage and work with. For some, this engagement may take the form of protest; for others it may involve working or volunteering with NGOs and community organisations. If you are a refugee or asylum seeker in Scotland, or you are a member of an organisation or community group that works with refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland, then we would like to hear from you. If you would like to contribute, there are 4 ways that you can share your experiences with us (as much or as little as you feel comfortable sharing):

Have you organised, attended, or heard about a protest in Scotland involving refugee and asylum seekers issues?
We have been collecting, through electronic archive searches of local and national media, articles on protest actions (such as occupations, demonstrations, hunger strikes, public letters, campaigns) that have occured in Scotland since 1999. We are currently building a digital timeline of the actions that we have found: 239 so far! But we want this to be a ‘living archive’, so to speak, which we can keep updating as we learn about new actions. Once we have published the timeline of our initial research, you can contribute to the timeline by letting us know more information about a protest we already have on the timeline, or you can tell us about something we’ve missed.

Are you a charity/NGO in Scotland working on issues that affect refugees and asylum seekers?
By taking our survey – click here – you can contribute information on the involvement of refugees and asylum seekers in the work of your organisation.

Are you a community organisation in Scotland that works with refugees and asylum seekers?
By taking our survey – click here – you can contribute information on the ways in which your group engages with issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers, and other political issues, in the UK.

Are you a refugee or asylum seeker in Scotland and working or volunteering with an NGO or community organisation?
We are looking for people who would be willing to sit down with us for an interview or to particpate in a focus group (if you would feel more comfortable talking in a group setting) about your experiences and political engagement. If you would like more information on this, please see this Information Sheet and contact Natasha Saunders on negs@st-andrews.ac.uk.