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McAdam and Arizpe (2011) Journeys into culturally responsive teaching This paper by McAdam and Arizpe (2011) discusses research connected to a comparative project which included research in Scotland, Australia, Spain and the USA. The authors present the views of three teachers who participated in the project which explored how both Scottish and migrant children reflect upon their own experiences of migration. How the same children reflect on the experiences of other children is also considered. This is achieved through engagement with contemporary picture books. The study involved small groups of mostly ethnic minority children and also included new arrival children who had recently migrated to Scotland either as children of refugees, asylum seekers or migrant workers. The children shared in common the experience of an interruption to their journey from their country of origin to Scotland. This paper presents the teachers’ responses to the learning strategies employed rather than the projects central focus which was on the children’s responses to the picture books. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
McCollum and Findlay (2011) Employer and labour provider perspectives on Eastern European migration to the UK McCollum and Findlay (2011) examine how the role played by East European migrants in the UK labour market has altered over time. The study examines UK employers’ motivations for employing migrants from Eastern Europe and associated migration channels. In so doing, the study demonstrates the prominent role played by Eastern European migrants in the labour market. Findings show how the perspectives of those who recruit and employ Eastern European migrants are linked to the production and representation of the region’s migratory flows to the UK. Also see Jack (2009) for a study which investigates the impact Eastern European migrant workers have had on the Scottish tourism industry, Tindal et al. (2014b) for a study of immigration policy and constitutional change from the perspective of Scottish employers and industry and Danson and Jentsch (2009) for analysis of the rural labour market and the value that employers place on migrant labour. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City, Angus, Fife Independent research
McCollum et al. (2012) Spatial, sectoral and temporal trends in A8 migration;to the UK 2004-2011. Evidence from the worker registration scheme This report by McCollum et al. (2012) presents analysis of Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) data to illuminate migration flow trends. The WRS scheme did not require all migrants to register on the scheme (unemployed and self-employed migrants not having to register, those who did so often failed to re-register following a change in employment). Nonetheless, the data set remains a principal source for the temporal analysis of A8 migrants in the labour market at both local and national levels. The study confirms that agricultural and hospitality sectors are key areas for migrant labour. This is the case both in Scotland and across the UK. Though, as A8 migrants to Scotland are less likely to gain employment through recruitment agencies, the authors suggest that direct employment is more common in Scotland. The findings and detailed analysis in this report, clearly contribute to a greater understanding of migration patterns and required responses at both local and national government levels. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland, UK Independent research
McCollum et al. (2014) Public attitudes towards migration in Scotland: Exceptionality and possible policy implications McCollum et al. (2014) challenge the common perception that Scots are more welcoming to migrants than their UK counterparts: a view often upheld by Scottish politicians against the political backdrop of the Scottish and UK Governments’ divergence on immigration policy. Although the authors do find evidence of favourable attitudes towards migration among the Scottish public (these attitudes are perhaps explained by historic immigration and emigration to and from Scotland) they also highlight emerging attitudes of opposition to migration. As the authors point out, such findings clearly have implications for policy debates on future immigration and constitutional change in Scotland. For further studies on attitudes to discrimination in Scotland see Bromley et al. (2007) and Lewis (2006) who examines Scottish attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. Also see Scottish Government (2013b) which provides a review of equality and ethnicity issues and includes discussion of attitudes to racial discrimination. Tindal et al. (2014b) discuss immigration policy and constitutional change from the perspective of Scottish employers and industry. Read More Visit site Free Scotland, UK Academic journal
McGhee et al. (2013) Post-accession Polish migrants—their experiences of living in ‘low-demand’ social housing areas in Glasgow McGhee et al. (2013) examine social housing provision in Glasgow in relation to provision for Polish migrants. The authors note that Poles have become the latest group to reside in areas of void housing found in Glasgow’s socially deprived areas. The study explores the interplay between the actions of letting organisations such as Glasgow Housing Association, and those of migrants seeking accommodation. The research also addresses the issues around these processes, analysing the perceived advantages and disadvantages of letting of low-demand accommodation for both migrant and housing associations. An insight into migrant perceptions of the significance of securing a tenancy is gained. This is viewed within the context of past housing experience in Poland and, it reveals the compromise that many migrants have made. This compromise has meant balancing personal safety (in terms of living near to socially deprived populations) with the financial security gained through the perceived advantages of social housing. Although the study focuses on Glasgow, the relevance of its findings for areas across the UK is also discussed. Read More Visit site £ EU Glasgow City Academic journal
McGonigal and Arizpe (2007) Learning to read a new culture: How immigrant and asylum seeking children experience Scottish identity through classroom books This substantial and fascinating study by McGonigal and Arizpe (2007) highlights the important role that books play for many migrant children in Scotland. The books are significant in both terms of the use of the English language and the cultural world they reveal and explain. Such books, in some cases including images of life in Scotland as well as text, are embedded within a linguistic, cultural and political context that is distinct from an English context (some migrant children may have arrived to England during the first phase of migration). The report explores questions of identity, looking at how migrant children deal with multiple literacies during their cultural transition and questions whether or not contents (images and language) impose or remove barriers to transition. The study also accounts for the ways in which local children respond to portrayals of Scottish culture. The report draws attention to the challenges faced by some migrant pupils who are learning standard English in the classroom, while, simultaneously, negotiating the playground environment characterised by colloquial speech and unfamiliar accents. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Scottish Government
McKenna (2006) Equality in Moray: Research into equalities policy and practice This study explores issues of policy and practice related to gender, disability and race equalities within Moray. It provides a considerable amount of detail on access to employment and the service needs of Moray’s established minority ethnic communities and new migrants. The study analyses findings within the context of regional racial equality policy objectives. The analysis examines reported incidents of racism, consultations with minority ethnic communities, interviews with migrant workers and a public survey conducted via the Moray Citizens Panel. The report underlines the increasing diversity of Moray’s population, identifying new migrant communities such as Polish, Portuguese and the particular Russian language translation needs of Latvian Russian speakers. Part of the research process involved reaching out to the local Chinese community, which as Moray’s largest established minority, had not previously been involved in any community planning process. Read More Visit site Free Moray Public sector
McKinney et al. (2013) The experience of POI in the Scottish Schools McKinney et al (2013) present analysis of the Scottish component of the Portfolio of Integration (POI) which in partnership with Oxfam Italia is a transnational project funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and located within the Comenius Multilateral Projects programme. The POI project involves the use of a student Notebook device which has been designed by Oxfam Italia. Although a small scale study, the authors find the POI Notebook to be a helpful starting point for raising awareness of the issues faced by educationalists and institutions involved in integrating new arrival children. The authors conclude that both the Notebook and the overall POI project offer a valuable aid for both teachers and schools to proactively support the integration of migrant children, particularly when viewed within the context of Scottish schools general ongoing need for support to review and create policies and strategies and support for in-classroom practice. Read More Visit site Free South Lanarkshire
McMillan (2008) Changing identities: Intercultural dimensions in Scottish educational contexts McMillan (2008) highlights the potential problem face by some bilingual ethnic minority learners upon commencing higher education. Challenges originate from learners’ level of English acquisition during their prior education. The author finds that for some students, the consequences of their past experience of English language learning impacts negatively on their ability to acquire academic literacies at university level. This, in turn, may explain a tendency to superficial approaches to learning. The study found that academic writing and reading comprehension was self identified by students as an area of weakness, while on the other hand, respondents were more able to express their knowledge and understanding orally. The study suggests that failure to fully meet and support these learners’ needs throughout their education may negatively impact their ability to fulfil their academic potential. The study therefore carries implications for both mainstream and university practice. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Academic journal
MEAD (2012) Perth and Kinross Community Intelligence Report This report presents the findings from work conducted by the MEAD Project looking at issues related to ethnic minority groups resident in Perth and Kinross. The report incorporates the concerns of ethnic minorities themselves, it details their needs and the barriers they face when attempting to access local services. The report provides a detailed demographic breakdown of local ethnic minorities along with a profile of the clients accessing MEAD services (by ethnicity, age, gender, employment status, whether or not they are an unpaid carer, suffering from a long term illness or disabled; or in old age). The report also includes a breakdown by ethnicity of the type of enquiries received by MEAD (for example: volunteering related, community participation, physical and mental health, financial, wellbeing, employment and education). The report identifies a clear need to increase volunteer numbers to meet the increased demands placed on resources. Indeed, some of this demand has resulted from the role played by MEAD in bridging the language and communication gap between services and communities within Perth and Kinross. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Public sector

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