- 17 Oct 2019
Date received: 15 Sep 2019
Date responded: 14 Oct 2019
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: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release.
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 MigrationStatsEnquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk requesting this information in a different format.
I enclose a copy of the information you requested related to children and homelessness at 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
|All children in households assessed as
homeless or threatened with homelessness
|White: Other British||945|
|Black, Black Scottish or Black British||65|
|Arab, Arab Scottish or Arab British||165|
For disclosure purposes, figures in the table are rounded to the nearest 5, apart from 1,2 and 3, which are rounded to '<4'.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House