Asylum seekers boost local economy

The large numbers of asylum seekers being housed in Glasgow has led to a surge in jobs and spending in the local economy, according to a report.

Research carried out by economists at the Fraser of Allander Institute for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) found that 500 news jobs had been created and £10m of extra money put into the Glasgow economy.

Glasgow has about 5,000 asylum seekers who are being supported by £40m of Home Office money.

A large proportion of this money was being spent on local goods and services, the report said.

Cosla said it hoped other councils would think about welcoming more asylum seekers in light of the findings.

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