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Bailey et al. (1994) The Chinese community in Scotland Although conducted over two decades ago, Bailey et al (1994) provide analysis of Scotland’s Chinese community, focusing on their economic and employment characteristics; housing and household structure; and analysis of urban settlement patterns. Drawing upon the 1991 Scottish census data, the authors also provide a brief but interesting historical background to Chinese migration to the UK and later arrival to Scotland. There is also a discussion of the debate over whether or not the Chinese can be said to constitute a community. Based upon the study’s findings, the authors reflect upon policy considerations which could best meet the needs of Scotland’s Chinese population in a culturally sensitive manner. The study was – and still is - viewed very much as a starting point in terms of researching this community. It highlights the presence in Scotland of a significantly under researched and distinct ethnic minority. Read More Visit site £ TCN Scotland Journal article
Bailey et al. (1995) Pakistanis in Scotland: Census data and research issues Bailey et al (1995) highlight the significant place of the Pakistani community in Scotland as a distinct population group, particularly in terms of demographics, housing and career/occupation compared to Scotland’s wider population. Drawing upon 1991 Census data, the study examines the household composition and economic position of Scotland’s Pakistanis in addition to shedding light on their pattern of settlement across Scotland. The authors find distinct patterns emerge from the data which suggest a notable contrast with those of the general Scottish population. Although dating from 1995, the authors’ inclusion of a historical background the study provides a useful insight into one of Scotland’s important ethnic minority communities. For more on Scotland’s Pakistani community, see an earlier study by Bowes et al. (1990a) and a subsequent study by Saeed et al. (1999) which focuses on issues of identity among Glasgow’s Pakistani teenagers. Read More Visit site £ TCN Scotland Journal article
Bynner (2010) Review of Community Engagement in Neighbourhood Management in Govanhill This report is the outcome of a review of local engagement within the Govanhill area of Glasgow, an area of the city which has a number of ethnic and migrant communities. Set up with guidance from the South East Community Health and Care Partnership, the Govanhill Neighbourhood Management (NM) Steering Group was conceived to coordinate public agencies, further education and other providers in their efforts to identify key local priorities and develop appropriate action plans for the area. Bynner’s report (2010) reviews Govanhill Neighbourhood Management (NM) Steering Group’s engagement with the voluntary sector and other local groups in order to find ways of improving communication between Govanhill’s various communities, allowing them to voice their point of view and gain increased influence within the community. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Third sector
Kirkwood et al. (2014) ‘He's a cracking wee geezer from Pakistan’: Lay accounts of refugee integration failure and success in Scotland The work of Kirkwood et al. (2014) addresses an under-researched area within the study of migrant integration. The study explores the role of discourse and its rhetorical function in discussions on refugee and asylum seeker integration. The focus of past research has been on the development of ways of measuring levels of integration. Here, the authors shift their focus to an analysis of how discourse feeds into popular views of the success or failure of integration. As such, the study is an important contribution for better understanding interactions at the community level and the relationship of discourse to policy and practice. For more on asylum seeker and refugee integration, see Mulvey (2013) or Aspinall and Watters (2010) account of issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers in a number of domains including health, education and employment. Also, Bowes et al. (2008) focus on local and sub-national level analysis and Lewis (2006) examines attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees found within Scotland. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Glasgow City 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
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
PKAVS - Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (2013) Annual Report The PKAVS (2013) Annual Report provides an update of the organisation’s income and expenditure and a wonderful insight into some of the work the charity undertakes supporting local people in need. Ethnic minorities are among those in receipt of support. The report details the activities that PKAVS undertake; for example, the Carers’ Services which supports those caring for elderly, sick or disabled partners or family members in addition to providing information and advice on carers’ rights. Activities undertaken by their service for Minority Ethnic Communities (MEAD) are discussed in the report, these have increased by 270% on the previous year. Eastern European migrants have made the most frequent use of MEAD’s services but a sizable number of Chinese and South Asian members of the community have also accessed MEAD. In addition to an update on the organisation’s Mental Wellbeing;Services and the activities of Voluntary Action Perthshire, the report gives details of the social-cultural activities and events designed to raise funds as well as bringing the multi-cultural community of Perth and Kinross together. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Third sector
Poole and Adamson (2008) Report on the situation of the Roma community in Govanhill, Glasgow This report by Poole and Adamson (2008) is published by Oxfam and jointly funded by the Glasgow South East Community Health and Care Partnership. The research underscores the position of the Roma as Europe’s most vulnerable and deprived ethnic group. The report concentrates on the Slovak Roma community living in Glasgow’s Govanhill area. The authors urge key stakeholders to continue to recognise the distinct needs of this social group, while also acknowledging that so doing should not be at the expense of others within the community. As such, the authors advocate targeted initiatives aimed at the Roma community alongside development of community-wide services. Communication emerges as key to persuading Roma that community initiatives are for their benefit. The Scottish Government also has a role to play in clearly communicating the message of Roma rights and ethnic minority status to the Scottish public. The Roma community are particularly disadvantaged in the areas of health, housing and education, These issues are devolved thus the report recommends that the Scottish Government should play a more central role in addressing inequalities associated with them. Also see Poole (2010) for an examination of the exclusion and marginalisation experienced by Roma migrants in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Third sector
Scottish Borders Council (2011) Welcome to the Scottish Borders: A guide to help people who want to live and work in the Scottish Borders This guide is part of an overall strategy by the Scottish Borders Council and their partners to promote an inclusive community. The guide is available in English, Polish, Portuguese and Lithuanian language formats and provides useful information about a range of key public and private services for new arrivals to the area regardless of whether they come to work live or simply visit the Scottish Borders. The contents provide clear and accurate information to assist newcomers to feel welcome within the local community, and cover key aspects such as employment, housing, health and welfare, education, emergency service provision along with general help and advice about living within the community. This resource produced by the Scottish Borders Council reflects the arrival of people to the area from both within and outside the European Union, which has added to the diversity of the Scottish Borders. Read More Visit site Free 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

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