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Haghighi and Lynch (2012) Entrepreneurship and the social integration of new minorities: Iranian hospitality entrepreneurs in Scotland This study by Haghighi and Lynch (2012) explores the relationship between Iranian entrepreneurship and integration within Scotland’s hospitality and tourism sector, to examine whether it aids their integration process or acts as a barrier. Haghighi and Lynch (2012) find that paradoxically, minority entrepreneurship within the hospitality sector on the one hand promotes economic integration through capital, but on the other hand hinders their social and cultural integration and therefore can be either a facilitator or a barrier to integration for minorities. The authors contend subsequently that integration should be considered as a continuum as opposed to being viewed as being attained through reaching a prescribed point, with integration resting between the opposing points of isolation and assimilation – evidenced by those who participated in the study as having identified themselves as being located at neither opposing point. As such, the study suggests that ultimately complete integration is impossible for those who participated due to high levels of cultural differences between original and host cultures. Read More Visit site £ TCN Scotland Journal article
Irwin, McAreavey and Murphy, The Economic and Social Mobility of Ethnic Minority Communities in Northern Ireland This research examines poverty across the different ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland, following a period of unprecedented inward migration. The report aims to address significant gaps in knowledge and data on employment patterns and experiences of ethnic minority communities. It found that: The worst outcomes relating to economic activity, labour market participation, education and health were among the Irish Traveller community; Ability in spoken English is perceived as a key factor in supporting promotion and progression in the labour market; and Focus groups with individuals of various ethnic minority backgrounds highlighted a perception that ‘ethnic markers’, along with unfamiliarity with formal recruitment practices and a lack of networks, played a significant role in restricting access to the labour market. Ethnic minorities were at particular risk of in-work poverty. Read More Visit site Free Northern Ireland Research Report
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
McKenna (2006) Equality in Moray: Research into equalities policy and practice This study explores issues of policy and practice related to gender, disability and race equalities within Moray. It provides a considerable amount of detail on access to employment and the service needs of Moray’s established minority ethnic communities and new migrants. The study analyses findings within the context of regional racial equality policy objectives. The analysis examines reported incidents of racism, consultations with minority ethnic communities, interviews with migrant workers and a public survey conducted via the Moray Citizens Panel. The report underlines the increasing diversity of Moray’s population, identifying new migrant communities such as Polish, Portuguese and the particular Russian language translation needs of Latvian Russian speakers. Part of the research process involved reaching out to the local Chinese community, which as Moray’s largest established minority, had not previously been involved in any community planning process. Read More Visit site Free Moray Public sector
MEAD (2012) Perth and Kinross Community Intelligence Report This report presents the findings from work conducted by the MEAD Project looking at issues related to ethnic minority groups resident in Perth and Kinross. The report incorporates the concerns of ethnic minorities themselves, it details their needs and the barriers they face when attempting to access local services. The report provides a detailed demographic breakdown of local ethnic minorities along with a profile of the clients accessing MEAD services (by ethnicity, age, gender, employment status, whether or not they are an unpaid carer, suffering from a long term illness or disabled; or in old age). The report also includes a breakdown by ethnicity of the type of enquiries received by MEAD (for example: volunteering related, community participation, physical and mental health, financial, wellbeing, employment and education). The report identifies a clear need to increase volunteer numbers to meet the increased demands placed on resources. Indeed, some of this demand has resulted from the role played by MEAD in bridging the language and communication gap between services and communities within Perth and Kinross. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Public sector
MEAD (2013) MEAD Evaluation Report Commissioned by the Minority Ethnic Access Development department (MEAD) - a division of Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS) - the report is the outcome of an external evaluation intended to uncover the opinions of Perth’s ethnic minority service users. While Perth’s ethnic minorities are not entirely homogenous groups, the report provides a general overview of how local Polish, Chinese, Pakistani and Indian community members engage with local services. A fascinating insight is given into their experiences of accessing local services. Issues addressed include encounters with language barriers, employment and volunteering, health service provision, community engagement and wellbeing. The report identifies a greater need to communicate the availability of MEAD services particularly to new arrivals. The importance of working to overcome the language barrier is also identified along with potential resource issues in terms of staffing and forging closer links with mainstream services. Overall, the report demonstrates MEAD’s willingness to listen to the voices of its service users. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Public sector
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
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
Scottish Government (2013b) Scottish Government equality outcomes: Ethnicity evidence review This report provides a detailed account of the demographic composition and geographical location of ethnic minority groups in Scotland. Associated population trends are also explored. In addition, the report covers a range of issues including housing (and homelessness), social and cultural life, health and social care, relative poverty (including in-work poverty, financial security and the impact of welfare reform), the use of public transport (drawing attention to a need for provision of information in a range of languages), employment (including self-employment and pay gaps). The report identifies issues that affect ethnic minority children’s educational attainment, explorations of language acquisition, the post-school destination of ethnic minority children, further and higher education and workforce composition are all discussed. The subjects of justice (both in terms of access to and employment within the system) and demographics of the prison population are also tackled. In addition, findings on racially-motivated crime and attitudes to racial discrimination are presented and official data on recorded incidents are included. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government
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