This paper explores the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees’ access to so-cial protection in Glasgow. A significant amount of evidence suggests that the con-trolling and exclusionary policies in the UK have affected social protection of asy-lum seekers and refugees by contributing to diminished social support and re-strictions on service provision. As a result, asylum seekers and refugees are facing difficulties and challenges in access to social protection which is hindering their survival and integration in the UK. Given that, the findings of this study emphasise on the different social protection strategies applied by the asylum seekers and ref-ugees to access social protection. Significantly, this paper explores the role of local informal networks and the third sector organisations in facilitating access to for-mal social protection.
Keywords: Asylum seekers and refugees; social protection; third sector; informal networks; assemblage; transnational ties.