We are delighted to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards.

The awards will take place on 15 June, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland, and are organised in partnership with the National Union of Journalists.

Each year we honour exemplary the exemplary work of journalists in Scotland covering refugee and asylum issues.

Our CEO Sabir Zazai described this year’s shortlist as “an impressive and crucial contribution” to the dialogue around people seeking protection in the UK.

He added: “It has never been more important to tell the stories of people seeking sanctuary in a responsible way that puts the people behind the headlines first.”

The nominees are…


Lucy Adams & Hayley Jarvis, BBC Scotland: Hundreds affected by tuition fees residency rules in Scotland

Kirsteen Paterson, Holyrood Magazine: Asylum in Scotland: What more can the Scottish Government do?

Catriona Stewart, The Herald: Love, loss and sanctuary: On board with Scotland’s Ukrainian refugees

Tara Fitzpatrick, STV News: Our Grades Not Visas



Kath Pick and Rowan Charleson, The Loop, BBC Scotland: An Artist finds Home in Glasgow

Jon Newell, BBC: Cycle to Freedom

Georgia Done, Scotland Tonight (STV): Ukrainian War Refugees

Sgeul Media, BBC Alba: Fàilte gu Alba/Welcome to Scotland



Angus Cochrane, BBC Scotland: ‘If I buy a bus ticket I can’t eat for two days’ – asylum seeker Aymen

Karin Goodwin, The Ferret: Escalating asylum seeker deaths prompt calls for inquiry



Arij, Jafaar, Virginie, Ibrahim, Ghislaine, Mohammed, Greater Govanhill, Radio Buena Vida: The Sound of Refugee Voices

Robbie Armstrong, Leyla Kazim, Ibrahim Kamara and Arij Alnajjar: BBC Radio 4: The Food Programme. Glasgow: Seeking Asylum and Finding Refuge in Food

Lady Anne Duncan, AWAZ FM, Africa Live

Michelle McManus, Sewing 2gether All Nations, BBC Radio Scotland: Our Lives with Michelle McManus – Sewing 2together All Nations



Lindsay Bruce, Tucker Tangeman, Press and Journal: Moment frontline Ukraine medic reunites with wife and baby in Aberdeen

Greater Govanhill community reporters, Greater Govanhill: What Does Integration Mean To You?

Amie Flett, The Courier: Student who spent 14 years in refugee camp thanks Dundee University for sanctuary



Nan Spowart, Sunday National: Aberfeldy community rallies to help Ukrainian refugee community

Patricia-Ann Young, The Sunday Post: ‘When I start to sing, I can forget all of my problems’: Talented refugees hit the high notes alongside Scottish Opera

Nan Spowart, Sunday National: Scotland’s Afghan pupils are flying high at school

Juliana da Penha, Migrant Women Press: On the sharp end – The UK cost of living crisis impact is higher on asylum-seeker mothers

This year’s Refugee Festival Scotland runs from 16-25 June. Find out more and view the full programme.


Gilly Furmage
Author: Gilly Furmage