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Kum et al. (2010) Changing the face of the Scottish teaching profession? The experiences of refugee teachers

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Building on data gathered as part of the Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland project (See RITeS, 2008) this study by Kum et al. (2010) analyses interview data to explore refugee teachers’ experiences. The research explores the experiences refugee teachers share with non-refugee colleagues alongside points of difference. The study also identifies the barriers refugee teachers have faced in the process of trying to re-enter the teaching profession in Scotland. The authors present the view that, if Scotland is to create a more culturally and linguistically diverse teaching cohort, the sizable barriers faced by refugee teachers need to be overcome. Scotland’s demographic profile is changing due to increased international migration, both from within the European Union and beyond. Thus, the profile of Scotland’s teachers - in line with much of Europe - does not reflect the ethnic diversity found within its contemporary population. The findings from this study clearly have relevance for refugee integration beyond a teaching context. The findings also touch on some of the wider issues associated with international migration such as diversity and globalisation.

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Kum, H., Menter, I. and Smyth, G. (2010) Changing the face of the Scottish teaching profession? The experiences of refugee teachers. Irish Educational Studies, Vol.29(3), pp.321-338.

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