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A guide for refugee parents about schools and learning in Scotland Answers to frequently asked questions about school education in Scotland. Useful websites for refugee parents in Scotland. Read More Visit site Scotland Education Scotland document
Cowen et al. (2011) Sanctuary, safety and solidarity: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland Cowen et al. (2011) deliver a substantial report which finds the asylum and refugee system for LGBT asylum seekers and refugees to be profoundly flawed. The report comprises a review of literature, interviews with organisations in Scotland and London and, community consultation. A notable feature emerging from the report was a distinct lack of data regarding both the numbers involved in and, the issues faced by LGBT asylum seekers and refugees. The report identifies key areas for further investigation, particularly in terms of identifying and promoting existing expertise and expanding knowledge and understanding within existing organisations. The report clearly documents the significant barriers faced by LGBT asylum seekers and refugees who arrive looking for sanctuary in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland, England Third sector
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
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
Rolfe and Metcalf (2009) Recent Migration into Scotland: The Evidence Base This National Institute of Economic and Social Research publication authored by Rolfe and Metcalf (2009) reviews evidence from a wide range of sources (published and unpublished, qualitative and quantitative) to assess the impact of migration to Scotland since 2004. In addition to assessing the impact of A8 migrants, the report also considers the impact of the arrival of refugee and asylum seekers. The authors assess the impact of these immigration flows in economic, employment and social spheres. The report finds that the statistical data that is available is rather limited. In addition, the authors identify a number of gaps where information needs to be improved. Additional research is particularly needed in the domains of health, education, crime, children and social care. In order to effectively inform policy, more information is required on barriers to accessing employment, migrant access to services and the catalysts and barriers to community integration. The study reflects the fact that migration does increase demand for public services but it also acknowledges migration’s central role in the Scottish Government’s economic strategy. Read More Visit site Free A8, 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
Scottish Refugee Council (2013) Asylum in Scotland: The Facts This publication by the Scottish Refugee Council (2013) provides a factual guide to issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland. The Scottish Refugee Council identified the need for such information to be made available. This report is a response to misinformation found in public opinion polls where asylum is often conflated with regular immigration. In addition, public attitudes towards immigration often confuse multiple issues such as race relations, globalisation and the European Union. Alongside clarifying definitions, this review provides a short informative summary which underlines the fact that asylum seekers are principally seeking safety when they enter the host country. The report also provides accurate statistical data on asylum numbers. It exposes some of the popular misconceptions surrounding asylum as well as showing the human face of asylum seekers and refugees by sharing some of their individual stories. In sum, Asylum in Scotland: The Facts provides an accessible factual guide to the asylum system and is a welcome contribution to informed debate on asylum in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector