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Smyth and Kum (2010) 'When they don't use it they will lose it': Professionals, deprofessionalization and reprofessionalization: The case of refugee teachers in Scotland

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This study by Smyth and Kum (2010) examines the issues faced by teachers who are either refugees or seeking asylum in Scotland. The research delivers a valuable insight into their attempts to re-enter the teaching profession in Scotland. The study investigates barriers and discrimination faced by refugee teachers. Notably, barriers are more prevalent for teachers seeking asylum as they are prohibited from undertaking paid employment. The study also highlights the difficulties encountered, and support required, by some refugee teachers attempting to complete the General Teaching Council for Scotland registration process. The authors draw attention to the fact that many refugees, despite being well educated, are often only able to secure unskilled employment. Their access to their profession is impeded and this impacts on refugee teachers’ integration into Scottish society. Also, such impediment deprives Scotland of a diverse teaching cohort. The study’s findings have clear implications for refugees from other professional backgrounds both in Scotland and elsewhere. Also see the report on the same topic by RITeS (2008).

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Smyth, G. and Kum, H. (2010) ‘When They don’t Use it They will Lose it’: Professionals, Deprofessionalization and Reprofessionalization: the Case of Refugee Teachers in Scotland. Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.23, pp.503-522.

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