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Lewis (2006) Warm Welcome? Understanding public attitudes to asylum seekers in Scotland

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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.

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Lewis, M. (2006) Warm Welcome? Understanding public attitudes to asylum seekers in Scotland. London: Institute for Public Policy Research.

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