Salaam (Arabic for ‘Peace’ and also ‘Hello!’) is our new project to support refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and other parts of the world and to support the churches who are involved in welcoming them. We chose the name Salaam because God's Peace and Welcome -in the deepest sense of both words- are our desires for those who have been forced to leave their homes due to violence and war. We also wait with them in hope, as we know that God is near to the Sojourner.

Covid-19 Update:

This time of social distancing is especially challenging for those most vulnerable in our city; refugee and asylum seekers are among them. Edinburgh City Mission wants to continue to equip the Church to love and care for our New Scot friends using virtual technology. Want to get involved? Send us an email!

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General information

Edinburgh City Mission’s calling to the most vulnerable in our city includes refugees, asylum seekers and other New Scots who are not allowed to work nor have access to benefits. We have provided food to many refugee families who, like other families in Edinburgh have experienced financial crisis.

In February 2020 we decided to expand the work that we have been doing with Refugees and Asylum Seekers by adopting the work that was being carried out by Edinburgh Churches for Sanctuary as they closed this year. 

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What we do:


  • Encouraging and supporting churches in the city who welcome and serve refugees and asylum seekers;

  • Providing training, organisation and assisting churches and church volunteers who are seeking to serve refugees and asylum seekers in their local communities;

  • Helping churches in our city to continue to develop Edinburgh as a “City of Sanctuary” by working with local government, communities and other refugee agencies in welcoming and building long-lasting relationships with refugees and asylum seekers;

  • Sharing the love of Jesus to the refugee community who carry many struggles from their past and look for safety, security and well-being. 


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