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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
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
Moskal (2014) Polish migrant youth in Scottish schools: Conflicted identity and family capital Moskal (2014) presents research based on a study which draws upon observation of Polish migrant children in their home and school environments. Detailed interviews allowed the children and young people’s perspectives to be brought to the fore. The study also included input from the parents of the seventeen young participants. The overall focus of the study was on experiences of school transition for first generation migrants. This was framed within a context of transferability of educational success and social mobility. Drawing upon sociological theory, Moskal (2014) covers a range of concepts including the family, social and cultural capital. The author then discusses the potential use of policy and practice to support young migrants. See also a briefing paper by Moskal (2010) exploring the integration of Polish migrant children to Scotland through an examination of the role of schools in the integration process. Moskal et al. (2010) reflects on educational initiatives and policy and the need to consider migration processes. Read More Visit site £ EU City of Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen City Journal article