GRAMNet aims to bring together researchers and practitioners, NGOs and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. The network is currently funded by The University of Glasgow, whose academic community has a wide range of expertise in relation to these areas. The City of Glasgow is host to the largest population of refugees and asylum seekers under the dispersal policy as well as having a history of hosting large communities of migrants.
Glasgow also has a large number of organisations working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in a variety of ways and it is clear that Scotland as a whole provides a distinctive context within the U.K. as far as migration, refugee and asylum issues are concerned. Whilst immigration in the form of entry to the country and the status of non-UK citizens are reserved matters, there is less certainty about the degree to which immigrant policies after arrival are devolved, and which remain under the jurisdiction of Westminster.