Danson and Jentsch (2009) The new Scottish rural labour market: processes of inclusion and exclusion


Defining ‘rural’ as a settlement comprising a population of less than 3,000 people, Danson and Jentsch (2009) consider past debate surrounding the rural labour market. Previously, this market had been concerned with outward migration of Scotland’s youth in search of better employment opportunities. Danson and Jentsch update this understanding, providing a contemporary perspective that takes account of the dynamics of current inward migration to rural Scotland. Their analysis of the labour market and rural migration touches on the contrasting experiences of inclusion and exclusion. On one hand migrant workers are viewed as valued employees who help to sustain rural communities. On the other hand, they experience public negativity in terms of housing allocation and competition for employment. In essence, the authors contend that rather than developing policy centred on particular social groups, policy should be developed to address the issues that surround processes of labour market exclusion. See related studies such as Danson and Jentsch (2012); de Lima (2012); de Lima and Wright (2009).

Bibliographic reference:

Danson, M. and Jentsch, B. (2009) The new Scottish rural labour market: processes of inclusion and exclusion. In: Jentsch, B. and Simard, M. (eds.) International Migration and Rural Areas. Ashgate: Farnham and Burlington, pp. 127-150.







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