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Mulvey (2014) Asylum seekers and refugees: a litmus test for Scotland? This chapter is published in an edited volume which explores the nature and extent of poverty in Scotland at the time of the referendum on independence, the chapter looks at poverty among asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and suggests that some of the causes of that poverty lie in the UK Governments policies. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker Scotland Book
Mulvey (2015) Refugee integration policy: the effects of UK policy-making on refugees in Scotland This article examines the contradictory approach of the UK Government to refugee integration. It looks at how UK policy impacts upon refugee integration in Scotland within the context of the devolved settlement in 2014 (prior to any new powers) and contrasts these to some Scottish Government approaches. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Scotland Journal article
Mulvey (2017) Social citizenship, social policy and refugee integration: a case of policy divergence in Scotland. The relationship between Holyrood and Westminster is an evolving one where there is some evidence of policy divergence. Underpinning policy approaches are different views of social citizenship, with the Holyrood approach maintaining elements of the post-1945 welfare settlement. The place of refugees and asylum seekers within these differing approaches is currently underexplored. This article looks at the Scottish and UK Governments’ views of social rights and how they apply to asylum seekers and refugees. It suggests that despite refugee ‘policy’ being at least partly reserved, the Scottish Government has been able to take a different approach from that of Westminster, an approach underpinned by these differing welfare outlooks. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Academic journal
Netto et al. (2011) Poverty and ethnicity in Scotland This substantial report by Netto et al. (2011) examines the relationship between ethnicity and poverty as found in Scotland. The report examines ethnic minority vulnerability to poverty and considers how vulnerable groups might escape the poverty trap. Covering a wide-range of factors - including income and employment, health, educational attainment, housing and homelessness - the report also presents a review of existing statistical data with the aim of identifying potential sources of quantitative evidence. A superior evidence base would allow researchers to better gauge the incidence and extent of poverty, deprivation and related problems in Scotland’s ethnic minority populations. This report by Netto et al. (2011) goes a considerable way towards addressing the research gap in Scotland on the relationship between poverty and ethnicity. The study highlights the distinct demographic and settlement patterns found in Scotland which are unlike those found in other parts of the UK. Under-researched topic areas which would benefit from further study are also identified. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Third sector
Packwood and Findlay (2014) Immigration to Scotland and the constitutional change debate: Geography, difference and the question of scale Packwood and Findlay (2014) utilise data from the 2011 UK Census to comparatively explore some of the complexities of international immigration to Scotland. A particular strength of this research lies in the comparison made between Scotland and regions of England. This approach is taken in preference to an aggregate national comparison and, therefore, the researchers are able to avoid skewing their data by considering the a-typical example of London as a separate region in their statistical analysis. The analysis is considered in context of current constitutional debate in Scotland. In addition, the contradiction of UK immigration policy and Scotland’s need for migrant labour is discussed. The research shows that, when compared with each of England’s regions (including London) Scotland has – over recent years – attracted proportionally more international migrants. What is more, the study also shows that, proportionally, the number of young children and families arriving to Scotland is approximately double the rate found in London and exceeds the rate of children/family arrivals in the all of the top 3 destination cities in England. However, analysis shows that migrants to Scotland are on average staying for shorter periods than those moving to England. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Independent research
Papageorgiou (2006) Learning beyond words. The impact of second language adult education on migrants' social involvement: A comparison between Scotland and Greece This study by Papageorgiou (2006) incorporates an interesting examination of adult education for migrants in Athens within a comparative framework alongside the example of Glasgow, with both cities having experienced similar demographic change. With the inclusion of opinions from both learners and tutors, the work focuses on how second language classes can be a catalyst for migrants social engagement. Furthermore, the study also explores how the educational experience of migrant learners is impacted on by both socio-political factors and educational practices. The author demonstrates that the level of social participation of second language migrant learners is in the main attributable to tutors use of informal teaching methodology and a broadening of the curriculum with inclusion of extra-curricular activities, in addition to uncovering how tutors perceive their role and the practices they employ are firmly influenced by established educational cultures. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Doctoral thesis
Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership (2007) Migrant Workers: your questions answered This short brochure produced by Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership, addresses some of the common myths that surround immigration and migrant workers. The brochure is presented in a very accessible format and popular myths for example that migrants take local people’s jobs or, are a burden on taxpayers are countered with factual evidence. The Planning Partnership highlights the key roles migrant workers play in the hospitality, catering, tourism, agricultural and care sectors. In some instances immigration has contributed to rural regeneration. The pamphlet also provides a glossary of common terms used in relation to EU migrants. For example, the term ‘A8 migrant’ is clarified and the reciprocal rights of citizens of other EU member states are explained alongside the rights of Scots in the EU. The brochure also tackles common public misconception over migrant entitlement to state benefits, housing, NHS healthcare and addresses the issue of policing. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Public sector
Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership (2013) Welcome to Perth and Kinross: Guide for new workers With copies also available in Czech, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian, this booklet provides a valuable resource for migrant workers arriving to Perth and Kinross. The informative guide begins by extending a welcome and appreciation of the contribution migrant workers make to the area, before outlining the basic information any new arrival would need on housing, registering with a GP, registering for Council Tax, National Insurance number applications and opening a bank account: before expanding on these and further topics within subsequent sections. Within the section devoted to employment issues, the guide not only provides information for migrant workers but also offers advice for employers, and overall delivers an impressive array of information which is complemented by a list of important contacts. See also one of the organisation’s other documents (Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership, 2007) designed to addresses some of the common myths found within local communities concerning immigration and migrant workers. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Public sector
Pietka (2011) Encountering forms of co-ethnic relations: Polish community in Glasgow With a focus on post-accession migration, Pietka (2011) examines the concept of community as understood by Polish migrants living in Glasgow. The author analyses the data in terms of the concept’s meaning and its mechanism of formation. These social structures are examined with reference to social divisions such as age, gender and social class. This is done in order to explore how these factors relate to, and inform, the meaning of ‘community’ for this migrant group. The study suggests that rather than a homogenous group which can be neatly described as the Polish community in Glasgow, there is a plurality of Polish migrant communities within the city. Each of these communities varies in its cohesiveness and strength in terms of relationships within the community and obligations to other Polish migrant groups, for some relations with other Poles are primarily confined to a personal network of friends and family and do not include the wider community. For more on Polish migrants living in Glasgow, see the Polish Cultural Festival Association (n.d.). Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Academic journal
Pires and MacLeod (2006) Experience of people who relocate to Scotland This study authored by Pires and MacLeod (2006) was commissioned by the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise to better understand the decision making process of migrants who choose to come to Scotland. The study explores the range of support services that migrant’s access and considers a range of other factors, in an attempt to gain an insight into migrants’ experiences and barriers they face. The research data was gathered using focus groups and interviews with both migrants and relevant stakeholder organisations. Some of the key findings to emerge from the study were that migrant motivation was often driven by an economic rationale for example, employment or study. Generally those arriving to Scotland had positive experiences to report. Few of those participating in the study had made use of publicly available support as part of their migratory process (although those who had done so did not express any dissatisfaction). Most migrants did not articulate the intention to settle on a long term basis, instead they remained open to the possibility of onward migration. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government

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