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Stewart (2009) New issues in refugee research: The integration and onward migration of refugees in Scotland: A review of the evidence This research paper by Stewart (2009) sets out to establish the central importance of mobility in research on refugee integration. The paper gives a contextual background which considers existing UK policy on asylum. This is followed by a discussion of theoretical aspects of the study of refugee integration. The study draws on Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) data - including a case study of Glasgow – to identify the individual diversity and geographical characteristics of onward migration. These factors are considered both during the process of seeking asylum and post asylum decision. The author makes use of the SRC data to question how refugee integration may be connected to onward migration and to consider any influences involved in individual migratory decision-making. The study also examines how such factors may shed light on the process of refugee integration. For further studies on the onward migration of refugees see Stewart (2012) and see Ager and Strang (2010) on refugee integration. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Glasgow City, Scotland Independent research
Stewart (2012) UK Dispersal policy and onward migration: Mapping the current state of knowledge Stewart (2012) delivers a summary of what is already known about onward migration of asylum seekers along with an examination of the complexity of such migratory flows. The study is framed within the context of UK Government dispersal policy. The research counters the existing body of literature on dispersal which was based on a policy critique and, was chiefly focussed on issues of void housing and placement within deprived areas. Notably, these policies have led to isolation and discrimination. The author suggests a number of approaches for improving how information on onward migration of asylum seekers is gathered and analysed. The study highlights existing gaps in current understandings of onward migration in this group and demonstrates the complex nature of the movement undertaken along with the diversity of the individuals involved. Also see Stewart (2009). Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker UK Journal article
Stewart and Mulvey (2014) Seeking safety beyond refuge: the impact of immigration and citizenship policy upon refugees in the UK This article is about the impact of UK Government policies on refugees and on citizenship of refugees experiences living in Scotland. The paper examines the impact of the current asylum regime and citizenship policies on refugees themselves. The authors seek to understand how policies impact refugees everyday lives and those of their children. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker Scotland Journal article
Strang and Quinn (2014) Integration or isolation?: Mapping social connections and well-being amongst refugees in Glasgow Strang and Quinn (2014) explore the social networks and connections of Iranian and Afghan refugee men in Glasgow in relation to understandings of mental health and well-being. Using workshops, presentations, discussion and individual and group tasks along with input from a mental health professional, Strang and Quinn (2014) draw out and map this hard to reach group's range of social bonds, bridges and the links that they utilise alongside their indicated levels of reciprocal relationships and trust. A number of recommendations emerge from the research, notably a need to address the uncertainty of asylum claims along with issues of family reunion, poverty and support for asylum seekers and refugees to enable the development of reciprocal friendships. The research gives a voice to Iranian and Afghan refugees in Scotland, allowing them to openly express their experiences, and ultimately contributes to a better understanding of their circumstances and those of other refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Glasgow City Public sector
Support for Asylum Seekers in Further and Higher Education This leaflet is for asylum seekers living in Scotland who are undertaking or thinking about undertaking a further or higher education course at college or university and explains the funding that is available from the Scottish Government and colleges and universities. Read More Scotland leaflet
Supporting learners: the education of learners newly arrived in Scotland Review of resources, advice and guidance from Education Scotland on supporting new learners in Scotland. Read More Visit site Scotland
The Improvement Service (2012) Elected Member Briefing Note No.15: Migration The Improvement Service Briefing Note on the topic of migration, developed by COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership, is primarily designed to provide local government elected members with an accessible information resource providing clarification of some key definitions and terminology. The note also gives an overview of migration in the UK and Scotland. In addition, relevant statistical data is provided along with an outline of some of the impacts of migration and evidence to counter some of the supposedly negative consequences of migration, for example, the strain placed on the welfare and benefits system, public services or employment and wages. Some analysis of public opinion towards migration is also provided. The analysis highlights the current saliency of the topic in the UK and gives a brief outline of current political positions on immigration. While the document is intended for briefing elected members, it is nonetheless a compact and useful account which summarises key points regarding migration to Scotland. It is, therefore, of potential benefit to a wider audience. Read More Visit site Free UK, Scotland Public sector
Threadgold and Court (2005) Refugee inclusion: A literature review Threadgold and Court (2005) review the existing body of literature on refugee integration, evaluating the evolution and use of key terms and associated concepts. The authors address the topic from a European Union perspective examining UK Government Policy, the situation regarding integration in Scotland (including a discussion of Scottish Government policy) and the situation in Wales. The study also discusses integration in the context of indicators such as housing, health and social care welfare and education. Community safety, interaction and cohesion, employment and training and the role of the voluntary sector are also included in the analysis. This paper is an informative discussion on the history and policy relating to integration, inclusion and social cohesion. The study highlights issues of language and translation support and discusses the link between poverty and deprivation and social exclusion. The authors underscore the need to better inform host communities in order to combat negative attitudes. These are cross-cutting themes which should be considered within policy. Read More Visit site Free Refugee Scotland, Wales, UK Academic research
Tindal et al. (2014a) The changing significance of EU and international students’ participation in Scottish higher education This working paper authored by Tindal et al (2014a) explores the importance to Scottish higher education of students coming from other countries to study at Scottish institutions. The paper draws attention to the important economic position the Higher education sector holds within the Scottish economy (being proportionately higher than elsewhere within the UK) and contends that unless higher education participation increases then Scottish domiciled student numbers will fall – therefore demographic differences within student populations are of central importance. Students arriving from beyond the European Union, as well as within the European Union and the rest of the UK have been the main reason for increased student numbers within Scottish Higher education institutions over a sustained period. For that reason, Tindal et al (2014a) argue that it is vital that such students continue to enter Scottish institutions in increasing numbers to sustain the overall size of the student population in Scotland for the years ahead. Read More Visit site Free Student, TCN, EU Scotland Independent research
Tindal et al. (2014b) Immigration policy and constitutional change: The perspectives on Scottish employer and industry representatives This study is based upon online survey data and interviews with employers and industry representatives. Tindal et al. (2014b) analyse the opinions held by those working in Scotland’s key economic sectors regarding migration policy and the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. The study highlights the differences between the Scottish Government’s position on immigration policy and that of the UK (Westminster) government. The authors frame the issues within a ‘future context.’ The findings are therefore relevant regardless of the outcome of the referendum. The authors present the views of business leaders and employers who participated in the study. These respondents highlighted a need for change in immigration policy (echoing the position of the Scottish Government) in order to best serve the needs of Scottish business. Business leaders were particularly in favour of reviewing restrictions on non-EU migrants which – they argued – restricted economic growth. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Independent research

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