Refugees and children in homelessness: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for:

“In the years 2018-2019, how many refugees were allowed into / settled in Scotland, and for the same time period, how many children were classed as being homeless, and if possible, what were the nationalities and / or ethnicities of those children (however, the number of children alone is acceptable).”


Asylum and immigration are matters reserved to the UK Government and handled by the Home Office. This includes refugee resettlement. The UK Government regularly publishes asylum and immigration statistics, and data on refugee resettlement is available from:

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, you may wish to contact the Home Office at requesting this information in a different format.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested related to children and homelessness at Annex A.

Annex A

Data about homeless applications in Scotland is captured through the HL1 homelessness data collection. This collection captures information about the ethnicity of the main applicant in an applicant household (as well as for their partner, if applicable). It does not however capture this information for children in the household directly. The data collection does not gather data about nationality.

The following table gives the number of children in households assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness in 2018/19, broken down by the ethnic group of the main applicant.

Note that there may be occasions where the ethnicity of any children in the applicant household is not the same as that of the main applicant. This might occur for example when the household has formed from a relationship in which the partner of the main applicant has children from a previous relationship.

Ethnic group of the main
homeless applicant
All children in households assessed as
homeless or threatened with homelessness
White: Scottish 11320
White: Other British 945
White: Irish 65
White: Other 450
Black: African 205
Black: Caribbean 10
Black: Other 25
Asian: Indian 50
Asian: Pakistani 205
Asian: Bangladeshi 55
Asian: Chinese 30
Asian: Other 65
Mixed 60
Other 1015
Not Known 490
Refused 85
Gypsy/Traveller 45
Polish 275
Other African 35
Black, Black Scottish or Black British 65
Arab, Arab Scottish or Arab British 165
All 15660

For disclosure purposes, figures in the table are rounded to the nearest 5, apart from 1,2 and 3, which are rounded to '<4'.

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