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Mulvey (2010) When policy creates politics: The problematizing of immigration and the consequences for refugee integration This article by Mulvey (2010) presents the argument that the problems of integration for migrants, in particular asylum seekers and refugees, stems from a hostile political environment. The author contends that asylum seekers were firstly constructed as a threat by way of New Labour asylum policy and associated rhetoric that accompanied policy-making – such construction presented immigration as a problem and in turn created a sense of crisis within the domain of policy making – in turn the author argues, the crisis then fostered hostility within the general population towards migrants. This article clearly highlights the importance of the consideration of context in examining the policy-making processes of Government, and that the way policy is made is central to how it is subsequently received by the public. See also Bowes et al. (2008) for another study which assesses asylum policy and asylum experiences in a Scottish context, and Lewis (2006) who examines attitudes found within Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees. Read More Visit site Free Refugee, Asylum seeker UK Journal article
Mulvey (2013) In search of normality: Refugee integration in Scotland Providing both a summary and full report version, this Scottish Refugee Council sponsored report authored by Mulvey (2013) offers a substantial resource for anyone interested in the integration of refugees in Scotland. A particular strength of the report is its accessibility. Clearly presented findings include data gathered from the perspective of the refugee community. The report covers key indicators for integration (such as employment, housing, education, health and social community), as well as the factors used in the Indicators of Integration framework by Ager and Strang (2004). There are a considerable number of studies on this topic, see for example Aspinall and Watters (2010), Candappa et al. (2007) on education provision, Kirkwood et al. (2014) on refugee and asylum seeker integration discourse and studies which consider refugee skills and employment issues – Guest and Vecchia (2010), Smyth and Kum (2010), and Stewart (2005). Read More Visit site Free Refugee Scotland Third sector
Mulvey (2015) Refugee integration policy: the effects of UK policy-making on refugees in Scotland This article examines the contradictory approach of the UK Government to refugee integration. It looks at how UK policy impacts upon refugee integration in Scotland within the context of the devolved settlement in 2014 (prior to any new powers) and contrasts these to some Scottish Government approaches. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Scotland Journal article
Polish Cultural Festival Association (n.d.) The experience of Polish-Scottish integration in Scotland Drawing upon previous academic and public sector research alongside work with Polish community organisations, this study aims to improve understanding of the integration of Polish migrants. The study is intended as a contribution to Polish-Scottish integration. In addition to providing an explanation of the factors motivating Polish migrants to come to the UK, the report also provides an interesting discussion on what integration actually means and its variety of forms. The report concludes that levels of integration are affected by a variety of socio-demographic factors. Length of stay and motivating factors behind the decision to migrate are all crucial factors in determining the success of failure of a migrant’s integration experience. The study also identifies a link between children enrolled in school and the successful integration of Polish mothers. Social and cultural factors emerge as prominent for this migrant group, along with barriers to progression including language, and inadequate recognition of migrants’ skills and qualifications (For more on Polish integration see also articles by Moskal 2010; Moskal et al. 2010b; Moskal 2013b; and Pietka 2011). Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Third sector
RITeS (2008) Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland: Research report This report is the culmination of a two-year period of research conducted as part of the Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland Project (RITeS) which engaged with refugee teachers in the West of Scotland. Although the report recognises the distinction between refugees and asylum seekers, they are not differentiated for the purposes of the study. Instead, the term ‘refugee’ is used throughout the study. The report includes discussion of the demographic profile of refugee teachers and teachers’ experiences and their expectations. There follows an exploration of methodologies and curricula employed in refugee teachers’ countries of origin. This exploration allows the researchers to identify any specific training or support needs that this group of professional migrants may have. The report also provides guidelines on the facilitation of good practice to promote the integration of refugee and asylum seeking professionals in Scotland. Also see the study by Smyth and Kum (2010) which examines the issues faced by teachers who are either refugees or asylum seekers in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
Saggar et al. (2012) The impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was established in 2007 to advise the UK government on issues relating to migration. Saggar et al. (2012) present their report to MAC which included an assessment of the impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration. The authors observe that defining the concepts of ‘social cohesion’ and ‘integration’ is an important step in order to make effective analytical use of such elusive ideas. A considerable effort is made to provide the reader with detailed conceptual frameworks for consideration. Cohesion is examined in terms of how migration affects local neighbourhoods. Integration is measured with reference to a range of social and economic areas. The impact that migration has on the host country is also considered in terms of the consequences migration has for British national identity. The authors find that there was no significant impact on cohesion stemming from new immigration; the report advocates that cohesion and integration policy development should focus on issues related to deprivation rather than on migration per-se. Read More Visit site Free UK Government document
Scottish Government (2013a) New Scots: Integrating refugees in Scotland's communities This publication outlines the Scottish government’s strategy for the support and integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in Scotland. The strategy was developed in conjunction with COSLA, the Scottish Refugee Council and a range of other support agencies with the aim to provide a framework for co-ordinating and maximising resources, to ultimately enable asylum seekers and refugees to rebuild their lives and make a full contribution to Scottish society. The strategy emphasises that integration characterised by a cohesive, multi-cultural community is in fact a two-way process that involves positive change both within newly arrived individuals and Scotland’s host communities. The document also provides a sizable amount of background information including policy context, housing, education, health, communities and social connections, employability and welfare rights. This strategy document provides a firm foundational framework for continuing work to make Scotland a more welcoming place for refugees and better facilitate their integration. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Scottish Government
Scottish Refugee Council (2010) – Integration Literature Review This review provides an overview of research conducted on refugee integration. The Scottish Refugee Council’s Integration Literature Review (2010) provides an accessible and very succinct resource. The review provides important clarification of the definitions which lie at the heart of academic study of refugee experiences. The report identifies the Ager and Strang (2004) model as the most suitable framework for empirical study of the topic. In addition, the efficacy of Ager and Strang’s framework is highlighted by the central position that is occupies in much of the research that is reviewed. The review concludes that the study of refugee integration is, and must continue to be, multifaceted. This is due to the broad range of social and cultural factors which impact on refugee integration. The review concludes by underscoring the need for a full comparative study of refugee integration with that of other sectors of society, both migrant and non migrant. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
Shubin (2012a) Living on the move: Mobility, religion and exclusion of Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland In this study of transnational mobility, Shubin (2012a) focuses on the importance of spirituality to Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland. The author argues that an understanding of the spirituality of the migrant group is key to bridging the social gaps created by migration. Rural institutions - including the church – often neglect this aspect of migrant identity. Recognition of the migrants’ spirituality is seen as integral to tackling migration-induced community division and, to the construction of new social environments. Also see Shubin (2012b) which finds that churches’ failure to consider the complexities of migration experiences of Eastern European migrants is inhibiting integration and Shubin and Dickey (2013) who explore the interplay between migrant mobility and employment of Eastern European workers across Scotland. Also see Shubin (2011) on the impact of an itinerant lifestyle and Deuchar and Bhopal (2013) on addressing marginalisation within the school environment. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Shubin (2012b) The Church and mobility: Dealing with the exclusion of Eastern European migrants in Rural Scotland Shubin (2012b) argues that rural institutions and the church often fail to recognise the complexities of migration as experienced by Eastern European migrants to Scotland. As a result, these institutions can be slow to recognise and support migrants’ needs. This failure can inhibit integration and lead to exclusion. The research takes account of the intricacies of migrants’ wider social links alongside their own support strategies and networks. The article provides an interesting account of ways in which the church in Scotland might explore its own role in the process of encouraging migrant inclusion. In addition, the church, together with other rural institutions, can make pro-active changes which would demonstrate an appreciation of the migrant experience. Ultimately, such steps could empower marginalised communities in Scotland’s rural areas. Also see the study by Shubin (2012a) which focuses on the importance of spirituality to Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article

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