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Ager and Strang (2004) Indicators of Integration: Final Report Commissioned by the Home Office, this report by Ager and Strang (2004) outlines their proposed Indicators of Integration framework as a useful tool for both policy makers and anyone involved in refugee integration. Central to their framework is the conceptual division of integration into separate but interconnected categories (domains) within which suggested indicators which allow a practical way for integration progress to be measured are contained. As well as providing an overview of how the framework was developed, the report provides a clear explanation of the framework and its structure, and includes suggestions on how it could be utilised. Through the authors’ consideration of the variety found within conceptions of integration, Ager and Strang (2004) bring the study of refugee integration a step closer to developing a consistent and universal understanding within a UK context. See also subsequent work on integration by the same authors; Ager and Strang (2008); Ager and Strang (2010). Read More Visit site Free Refugee UK UK Government document
Ager and Strang (2008) Understanding Integration: A Conceptual Framework Widely held as a seminal work, Ager and Strang present their framework as a tool for those seeking a better understanding of integration, the study has contributed greatly to subsequent debate. The authors base their work on the current salience of migration and refugee resettlement, both within the realm of public debate and policy objectives, which are found by the authors to be jeopardised by contested definitions. From this base, Ager and Strang conduct their study amidst a contextual consideration of perceptions of what successful integration actually comprises. Thus, a framework is constructed encompassing central spheres and associated themes for examining and measuring access and achievement of migrants and refugees within education; employment; health and housing sectors; rights and citizenship; community and social connections; and associated structural and cultural barriers (See also additional work on integration by the same authors: Ager and Strang 2004; Ager and Strang 2010). Read More Visit site £ Refugee UK Journal article
Ager and Strang (2010) Refugee Integration: Emerging Trends and Remaining Agendas This study builds upon earlier work (See Ager and Strang 2004; and 2008) whereby the authors proposed a conceptual framework for analysis of refugee integration. In this paper, Ager and Strang (2010) employ their conceptual framework and demonstrate its utility in formulating coherent discussion amongst interested parties (whether academic, policy maker or practitioner). The authors provide an interesting discussion of what they identify as key issues; primarily how the social space inhabited by refugees is affected by established notions of nationhood and citizenship; how the idea of social capital is used in relation to social connections, trust and mutual benefit and, they propose a way forward amidst an array of social meaning and identities by expanding the concept of integration as a two way process. Finally they consider the relationship between integration trajectories as charted by their framework, and the concept of resource acquisition spirals. Read More Visit site £ Refugee UK Journal article
Knifton (2012) Understanding and addressing the stigma of mental illness with ethnic minority communities This study by Knifton (2012) explores the beliefs, stigma and the effectiveness of national mental health campaigns for Scotland’s Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities. The starting point for the author is the premise that existing anti-stigma campaigns have failed to engage with ethnic communities as a result of failure to use appropriate language, imagery and media and by adopting a western medical concept of illness. Resultantly, the author contends that stigma associated with mental health can only be addressed through understanding the relevant socio-cultural context. Overall, this study by Knifton (2012) highlights the pervasiveness of mental illness among already disadvantaged ethnic communities, and the detrimental impact of stigma which undermines an individuals’ ability to seek help, recover from mental illness and their life chances. See also Levecque and Van Rossem (2014) which looks at how migrant mental health may potentially be affected by integration policies and Quinn et al (2011) which covers mental health stigma with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
Shubin (2011) “Where Can a Gypsy Stop?” Rethinking mobility in Scotland Shubin (2011) provides a socio-cultural study examining how access and participation within Scottish society is impacted on by Scottish Travellers’ itinerant lifestyle. In addition, the research looks at how the Traveller way of life is portrayed. Moves to accommodate the practice of Scotland’s Traveller community (both politically and economically) are assessed through analysis of empirical research findings. As a result, Shubin (2011) is able to examine how general understandings of Traveller practice neglect key elements of their nomadic way of life. Formal definitions of travel are found to be constrictive and serve only to perpetuate Traveller marginalisation. For further studies on mobility and exclusion, see Shubin (2012a), Shubin (2012b) and Shubin and Dickey (2013). Also see Bromley et al. (2007) on Scottish attitudes to discrimination, de Lima et al. (2011) includes consideration of Traveller ethnicity within a study of ethnicity and poverty and Deuchar and Bhopal (2013) discuss how marginalisation of Traveller children can be addressed within the school environment. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Worth et al. (2009) Vulnerability and access to care for South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients with life limiting illness in Scotland: Prospective longitudinal qualitative study Worth et al. (2009) outline their longitudinal study which attempts to understand the difficulties that Muslim South Asian and Sikh patients suffering from life limiting illnesses encounter when accessing services in Scotland. The study also proposes potential solutions for some of the obstacles identified. The study revealed a number of problematic areas. These included an apparent lack of culturally appropriate care, services constrained by resource issues and incidences of both racial and religious discrimination. Those found to be most vulnerable were more recent arrivals with limited command of English or no family advocate. Notably, the South Asian and Sikh community only has limited awareness of the function of hospices and associated services. Although the study recognises that robust diversity policies are in place in Scotland, Worth et al. (2009) stress the necessity for active case management and a focus on ethnic minority needs. These steps are needed in order to meet the required provision of palliative care for all South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients, providing them with full access to high quality end-of-life care. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article