Migration Library search resultsCo-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals

Title Summary Links Cost Status Location Resource Type
Aspinwall (2013) The Catholic Minority Experience in Scotland: the Poorhouse View, 1850–1914 For an insight into past experience of integration into Scottish life, this paper by Aspinwall provides an insightful account of how the mass identity of Scotland’s Catholics aligned with the Roman Catholic church, as a group only advanced within Scottish society following political, social and educational changes. Such changes, most notably in voting rights, education, and the emergence of the Labour Party, coincided with a demise in church hierarchy. Until this time, the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland had galvanised a poorly educated and low skilled flock into a coherent community in the midst of poverty and deprivation. This had been achieved through building social bonds and morality by way of a conservative brand of religion, set against a backdrop of prejudice. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
British Red Cross (2010) Positive Images Toolkit The British Red Cross Positive Images Toolkit provides an excellent resource for helping young people aged 12 or over to gain a better understanding of issues related to migration and development (in line with the Millennium Development Goals). The toolkit is designed to empower young people to take steps to address migrant vulnerability. It includes a wide range of practical and interactive ways of engaging young people, complete with lesson plans to aid delivery. Read More Visit site Free UK Third sector
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (2009) Young people in the Highlands and Islands: Understanding and influencing the migration choices of young people to and from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland This study commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sets out to understand the major factors influencing the choices people make when planning and undertaking relocation within Scotland. The study asks what measures can be taken to influence the choices that young people who are considering migrating (either to, from or within the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland) make. The study was undertaken because, proportionately, the Highlands & Islands has far lower numbers of 15 to 30 year olds in the population than is typical for the Scottish population overall. Consequently, the region is faced with the prospect of an ageing population and a decreasing work-age population. While this research does not focus specifically on foreign migrant workers, nonetheless this group is recognised as important in the context of the region’s economic and demographic development. Thus, foreign migrant workers are given due consideration in the analysis, which identifies education, employment and the environment as key policy areas which require further development. Read More Visit site Free Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands Scottish Government document
Jones (2012) Country research report – United Kingdom Jones (2012) presents research (including a case study of Glasgow) as part of a transnational research project seeking to foster good practice and strategies for promotion of migrant integration at regional and local levels. The study includes discussion of a Migration Policy Toolkit developed by COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership to support Scotland’s local authorities in their efforts to understand migration and its effect on their area. The case study examines Glasgow City Council’s response to integration and highlights their production of welcome packs which have been made available in a variety of languages. Recognition of the important role children play in the integration process is a central finding emerging from the case study. It was found that there was stronger support for new migrants where families had formed social relationships through their children being schooled alongside Scottish born pupils. This support had even extended to community led anti-deportation campaigning. Though such examples are related to asylum seekers, it is argued that the same mechanisms can make a significant contribution to the building of community relationships between other migrant groups and local residents. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City, UK Academic research
Kay and Morrison (2013) Evidencing the social and cultural benefits and costs of migration in Scotland This collaborative study explores the social and cultural impacts of migration in Glasgow. In addition, the study addresses the question of how such local level experiences can be mapped out and evidenced in a manner that contributes to policy debate at local, regional and national levels. The study utilised the knowledge and experience of key stakeholders who provide support and other services to migrants within the city. Data were collected through interviews and workshops. Kay and Morrison (2013) highlight a number of key themes that emerge from their work. The authors draw attention to some of the implications and policy lessons to emerge from the research and provide a succinct survey of both current and potential further research. Intended primarily as a pilot study, the research involved collaborative work between the University of Glasgow, COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership (CSMP) and Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), it provides an excellent platform for further collaborative research within this important area of migration study. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City
McAdam and Arizpe (2011) Journeys into culturally responsive teaching This paper by McAdam and Arizpe (2011) discusses research connected to a comparative project which included research in Scotland, Australia, Spain and the USA. The authors present the views of three teachers who participated in the project which explored how both Scottish and migrant children reflect upon their own experiences of migration. How the same children reflect on the experiences of other children is also considered. This is achieved through engagement with contemporary picture books. The study involved small groups of mostly ethnic minority children and also included new arrival children who had recently migrated to Scotland either as children of refugees, asylum seekers or migrant workers. The children shared in common the experience of an interruption to their journey from their country of origin to Scotland. This paper presents the teachers’ responses to the learning strategies employed rather than the projects central focus which was on the children’s responses to the picture books. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
Scottish Government (2010) Demographic Change in Scotland This report is driven by the Scottish Government’s requirement for accurate information on Scotland’s population and potential demographic changes (in terms of profile and population growth). This information is needed in order to prepare policy responses to future demographic changes. Within this comprehensive report migration is identified as a key area which has implications for Scotland’s population growth and economic growth targets along with service delivery planning and objectives. The report recognises that recent migration has had a significant impact on population growth in Scotland. It is important to recognise that migration provides the principle opportunity for short-term population growth in Scotland and that immigration has reversed Scotland’s historic tendency towards net out-migration. This Scottish Government report gathers vital evidence to aid better understanding of the complexity of the demographic change currently underway in Scotland. The report gives due consideration to issues of service impact and new policy formation, it also provides a good platform for further investigation of the issues raised. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government
The Improvement Service (2012) Elected Member Briefing Note No.15: Migration The Improvement Service Briefing Note on the topic of migration, developed by COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership, is primarily designed to provide local government elected members with an accessible information resource providing clarification of some key definitions and terminology. The note also gives an overview of migration in the UK and Scotland. In addition, relevant statistical data is provided along with an outline of some of the impacts of migration and evidence to counter some of the supposedly negative consequences of migration, for example, the strain placed on the welfare and benefits system, public services or employment and wages. Some analysis of public opinion towards migration is also provided. The analysis highlights the current saliency of the topic in the UK and gives a brief outline of current political positions on immigration. While the document is intended for briefing elected members, it is nonetheless a compact and useful account which summarises key points regarding migration to Scotland. It is, therefore, of potential benefit to a wider audience. Read More Visit site Free UK, Scotland Public sector