Jentsch et al. (2007) Migrant workers in rural Scotland: ‘going to the middle of nowhere’
This paper explores international migration to rural Scotland. The study finds that rural development is crucial for the creation of an environment that is both welcoming and meets the aspirations of migrant workers. Although improvement has been made in attempts to facilitate integration, it is the networks that develop between migrants that are perhaps the most significant factor for their integration. These links allow migrants to benefit from the experience of earlier arrivals. Recruitment agencies can also play a similar – integrative -role. With the experiences of both migrants and employers represented, Jentsch et al. (2007) highlight the lack of high-level employment opportunities as an obstacle to long-term settlement. As has already been seen among the youth in rural communities, migrants too may leave in search of better opportunities. The authors also find debate on migration in Scotland to be less focused on ethnicity, and caution that, should more non-accession state migrants arrive, without an accompanying positive discourse the debate may develop into one that reflects the levels of negativity which surround the issue of migration in the rest of the UK.
Jentsch, B., De Lima, P. and MacDonald, B. (2007) Migrant workers in rural Scotland: ‘going to the middle of nowhere’. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, Vol.9(1), pp.35-53.