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Kenefick (2013) The Jews and Irish in modern Scotland: Anti-semitism, sectarianism and social mobility With a clear focus on Glasgow, Kenefick (2013) provides a fascinating insight into the integration processes experienced by Irish Catholic and Jewish immigrants in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. The focus of the article is historical and the contrasting experiences of the two groups are explored. The author argues that the higher levels of sectarianism and lower levels of anti-Semitism were instrumental in the faster paced, successful integration and social mobility of the Jewish community. Anti-Semitism was found to be less virulent than Christian sectarianism, which in turn resulted in far fewer occurrences of negative behaviour towards Jewish immigrants. This study sits within a wider range of work undertaken by the author which assesses the relationship between these two communities and their Scottish hosts. See also Aspinwall (2013) for additional insight into past experience of Roman Catholic integration into Scottish life. Read More Visit site £ Naturalised Glasgow City Journal article
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
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
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
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
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
McKinney et al. (2013) The experience of POI in the Scottish Schools McKinney et al (2013) present analysis of the Scottish component of the Portfolio of Integration (POI) which in partnership with Oxfam Italia is a transnational project funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and located within the Comenius Multilateral Projects programme. The POI project involves the use of a student Notebook device which has been designed by Oxfam Italia. Although a small scale study, the authors find the POI Notebook to be a helpful starting point for raising awareness of the issues faced by educationalists and institutions involved in integrating new arrival children. The authors conclude that both the Notebook and the overall POI project offer a valuable aid for both teachers and schools to proactively support the integration of migrant children, particularly when viewed within the context of Scottish schools general ongoing need for support to review and create policies and strategies and support for in-classroom practice. Read More Visit site Free South Lanarkshire
Moskal (2010) Polish migrant children's experiences of schooling and home-school relations in Scotland This briefing paper by Moskal (2010) discusses the integration of Polish migrant children through the examination of the role of Scottish schools in the integration process. The focus of the study accounts for the significance the school experience for children and, the links between success at school and home environment. After English, Polish is now the most common language in Scottish schools, consequently this creates a resource issue in terms of English language tuition. This paper also draws attention to the difficulties faced in trying to accurately establish an appropriate learning level for each new arrival. This is particularly the case when children arrive at their new school without information on their previous school work or achievements. This matter is compounded further in a system of formative assessment which focuses predominantly on language ability. In addition, the study identifies communication problems which can emerge between the family/ parents and the school. In such cases, children themselves can play a key role in bridging the gap. Also see Moskal (2014) and Dillon (2013) for studies exploring some of the issues discussed in this paper. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Academic research
Moskal et al. (2010) The schooling of migrant pupils in Europe: Some policy lessons This working paper by Moskal et al. (2010) looks at the flaws in our understanding of how migratory processes interact with wider social, economic and political contexts and, the effect that this can have on a child’s education. Such misunderstanding can lead to the perpetuation of educational initiatives that are, in fact, inappropriate for migrant pupils. Moskal et al. (2010) draw attention to the number of migrant children who leave European education systems more disadvantaged than their native-born peers. This occurs even though education should, in theory, function as a mediator for migrant children and their families between the social, economic and political background of their new environment. Also see Moskal (2014) for research based on a study which included observation of Polish migrant children within their home and school environments and similarly a briefing paper by Moskal (2010) discussing integration of Polish migrant children in Scotland through an examination of the role of schools in the integration process. Read More Visit site Free Academic research
MOVING ON? DISPERSAL POLICY, ONWARD MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION OF REFUGEES IN THE UK Since 2000, the UK has operated compulsory dispersal, a policy designed to ‘spread the burden’ of housing asylum seekers who require accommodation across the UK and to discourage long-term settlement in London and the South East. To enhance understanding of refugee integration, this research discusses the two-year (2012–14), ESRC-funded project, in which the geography of onward migration amongst refugees dispersed across the UK as asylum seekers was mapped. The findings are based on 83 in-depth interviews with refugees, analysis of Refugee Integration and Employment Service (RIES) client data (2008–11) and analysis of the Home Office Survey of New Refugees (SNR) data (2005–09) for four different sites across the UK: Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and London. The report explores the main factors that influence refugees’ decisions to stay in a town or city or move on and considered how this affects the process of integration. Finally, the report examines the policy implications for the different levels of government, service providers and the voluntary sector of the long-term impact of UK dispersal policy on refugee onward migration and integration. The report weaves together quantitative and qualitative data analysis findings to address key questions surrounding refugee onward migration and integration outcomes. Read More Visit site UK Research Report

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