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Kum et al. (2010) Changing the face of the Scottish teaching profession? The experiences of refugee teachers Building on data gathered as part of the Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland project (See RITeS, 2008) this study by Kum et al. (2010) analyses interview data to explore refugee teachers’ experiences. The research explores the experiences refugee teachers share with non-refugee colleagues alongside points of difference. The study also identifies the barriers refugee teachers have faced in the process of trying to re-enter the teaching profession in Scotland. The authors present the view that, if Scotland is to create a more culturally and linguistically diverse teaching cohort, the sizable barriers faced by refugee teachers need to be overcome. Scotland’s demographic profile is changing due to increased international migration, both from within the European Union and beyond. Thus, the profile of Scotland’s teachers - in line with much of Europe - does not reflect the ethnic diversity found within its contemporary population. The findings from this study clearly have relevance for refugee integration beyond a teaching context. The findings also touch on some of the wider issues associated with international migration such as diversity and globalisation. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Scotland Journal article
Lassalle et al. (2011) Polish entrepreneurs in Scotland: Life trajectories, social capital and business strategies Lassalle et al. (2011) examine the central factors which inform decisions to emigrate, settle and the set up a business as taken by Polish entrepreneurs in Glasgow. The study also explores the entrepreneurs’ relationship with the wider Polish Community. The study finds an interesting dynamic, whereby for Polish entrepreneurs, the Polish community is primarily seen as a marketplace in which they have spotted a business opportunity. Those entrepreneurs who participated in the interviews conducted by Lassalle et al. (2011) had, for the most part, been able to find employment in the UK (by way of agencies in Poland) prior to setting up their business enterprise. Dissatisfaction with the standard of living afforded by their post-migration employment was commonly reported. Polish entrepreneurs relied on their own financial resources to start their business ventures. These entrepreneurs did not rely on wider community support in the start-up phase though such reliance is commonly found among entrepreneurs from other ethnic groups. This study by Lassalle et al. (2011) brings a new understanding to the innovative behaviour of Polish migrant entrepreneurs in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Journal article
Learning Link Scotland (2007) ESOL in Scotland's voluntary sector This report by Learning Link Scotland (2007) investigates existing provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Scotland’s voluntary sector. The report highlights areas of good practice and work which could be shared more widely across Scotland. It also provides research-generated recommendations. As such, the report meets its central aim of strengthening the infrastructure associated with ESOL provision at national and local levels. The report concludes with a list of ESOL related contacts which is a useful resource. Also see ESOL Scotland for a number of accessible online resources, a scoping study by Rice et al. (2004) and Rice et al. (2008) for a study pertaining to publically funded courses, Weedon et al. (2011) for a workplace context and Beadle and Silverman (2007) for a study which incorporates both provider and learner perspectives. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Third sector
Levecque and Van Rossem (2014) Depression in Europe: Does migrant integration have mental health payoffs? A cross-national comparison of 20 European countries In this comparative study of twenty European countries Levecque and Van Rossem (2014) look at how migrant mental health may potentially be affected by integration policies, and therefore of relevance to any host country. The UK is included in the study, though Scotland is not discussed separately. The study focuses on depression, analysing data at both national and individual levels and takes recognised barriers to integration (i.e. economic, employment, education, status, discrimination and state integration policies) into account. The study finds that first generation migrants (both EU and non-EU migrants) experience depression at proportionately higher rates than native populations. A higher incidence is however experienced by those born outside Europe. This pattern also appears following analysis of data for second-generation migrants. The authors find that barriers to socio-economic integration and discriminatory processes are more significant for these findings than a migrant’s specific ethnic minority background. Read More Visit site £ UK Journal article
Levels and Dronkers (2008) Educational performance of native and immigrant children from various countries of origin This study by Levels and Dronkers (2008) comparatively examines the Educational achievement across thirteen countries (including Scotland) of both native and migrant children. The analysis includes consideration of both the variety of countries of origin and the destinations of migrant pupils. The authors utilise data from the Project for International Student Assessment (PISA) from 2003 to suggest that understanding the differences in educational performance between native and first and second generation migrants can be gained through taking account of both the origin, destination and family characteristics of migrants. The authors further contend that the interplay between these factors can significantly inhibit the integration of some migrants. This study, while acknowledging the problematic aspect of consistent data, nonetheless provides a response to the lack of cross-national comparative research on the integration of migrant pupils. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Lewis (2006) Warm Welcome? Understanding public attitudes to asylum seekers in Scotland Lewis’s (2006) report for the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank examines Scottish attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. Moreover, Lewis attempts to uncover the beliefs and attitudes that underpin such opinions. A clear focus on asylum rather than wider immigration issues is maintained throughout. However, one of the key findings suggests that, for some people, these phenomena are inseparable. Young people in particular expressed more negative attitudes and conflated the two issues. The research was based on data from focus groups with a range of participants and input from key stakeholders. Regional responses were then matched to reported experiences of seeking asylum. The findings reported highlight a lack of accurate information in the public domain. Thus, it is argued that ensuring the Scottish public is better informed is essential for integration. When comparing attitudes with those found in England, however, Scotland generally exhibits a greater level of tolerance towards asylum seekers and the principle of asylum. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
Love et al. (2007) Health and ethnicity in Aberdeenshire: a study of Polish in-migrants This report recognises the specific health needs of migrants who have arrived in Scotland and clearly places migration within the domain of public health. This report focuses on the situation regarding Polish migrants to Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian region. With health issues for migrants stemming from increased vulnerability, the report discusses some of the existing policies that have been put in place regionally in order to mitigate these issues. These policies have included provision of interpretation services for improved communication, additional training along with active promotion of healthcare within migrant communities. Also see a study on stress among Polish migrant workers in Scotland by Weishaar (2008) and Weishaar (2010) which provides further examples of the difficulties faced by Polish economic migrants trying to cope with the consequences of their migration. Also see MacFarlane et al (2014) for a report on factors that impede the implementation of guidelines and training initiatives designed to make sure healthcare is accessible and suitable for migrant needs. Read More Visit site Free EU Aberdeenshire Public sector
MacFarlane et al. (2014) Healthcare for migrants, participatory health research and implementation science—better health policy and practice through inclusion. The RESTORE project MacFarlane et al (2014) present details of the RESTORE project which is EU funded and due to be completed in 2015. The project promises increased knowledge of factors that impede the implementation of guidelines and training initiatives designed to make sure healthcare is accessible to migrants - both linguistically and culturally- and suits their needs. The project will also make policy recommendations with a view to overcoming such impediments. The study, which began in 2011, includes input from migrants and key stakeholders within the framework of an overarching comparative project undertaken in Scotland, England, Ireland, Greece, Austria and the Netherlands. This is a timely study within the context provided by the increased global mobility of the current era. The increase in global mobility necessitates a correspondingly culturally competent healthcare system. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Marsden, Ruth & Harris, Catherine (2015) “We started life again”: integration experiences of refugee families reuniting in Glasgow The research explores the experiences of families supported by the TCN Family Integration Service run by the British Red Cross in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council and Workers’ Educational Association. This programme piloted support for people arriving through refugee family reunion and ran from April 2014 until June 2015. The report highlights that the period immediately after family reunion can be a crisis point for refugees and their families when they are at higher risk of destitution and of homelessness or severe overcrowding. This occurs at a critical time of rebuilding family relations after months and often years of separation. It identifies gaps in integration pathways for young people and explores the risk of dependencies within families, particularly impacting women. Read More Visit site Free Refugee, TCN Glasgow Research Report
Martowicz and Roach (2014), Polish Language Learning in Scotland Key Facts and Opportunities According to the 2001 Scottish Census, Polish has become the largest community language in Scotland. It is spoken as the main language of 61,000 speakers (1.2% of the population). According to the 2013 "Growing up in Scotland" report, Polish is being spoken as the only language in 3% of all households and in 31% of those where any other language is spoken in addition to English. Economic links between Poland and Scotland have strengthened significantly within the last 10 years with exports worth an estimated £8bn annually. Polish cultural and creative industries in Scotland are also thriving. In light of these facts it is surprising that the the Polish language remains completely unrecognised as a resource in Scotland and no provision has been made for it within the Scottish school system. The present report calls for urgent steps to rectify this situation. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Research Report

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