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Beadle and Silverman (2007) Examining the impact of EU enlargement and the introduction of the UK citizenship test on provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Scotland Beadle and Silverman (2007) provide a comprehensive study of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in terms of both providers and learners in Scotland. The main strength of the study is the incorporation of both ESOL provider and learner perspectives, which highlights the central place of ESOL in aiding migrant integration into Scottish society. Although the study includes consideration of private provision and provision within higher education institutions, it primarily focuses on publicly funded ESOL provision, across a range of providers including colleges, the community and voluntary sectors. Beadle and Silverman (2007) not only draw attention to an increased demand for ESOL and subsequent need for further provision, but also to an increasing need for courses within Scotland’s rural areas due to recent A8 migration. In the concluding chapter, the authors reflect upon the policy implications stemming from their findings. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Scottish Government document
Bowes and Domokos (1993) South Asian women and health services: A study in Glasgow Bowes and Domokos (1993) examined the healthcare experience of a selection of Glasgow’s South Asian women (mostly of Punjabi origin). They investigate the women’s own experiences through interviews. The authors also discuss the experiences of the women’s families. A number of issues emerged, such as a necessity for greater translation assistance and a need to challenge discrimination and stereotyping within health service delivery; the study stresses the importance of accessing the unheard voices of this minority group by focusing centrally on their concerns over healthcare. Although the study focused on a specific ethnic minority group and dates from the 1990s, it suggests additional areas for further research and its key finding is significant: rather than cultural barriers it is the healthcare system and occurrence of racism which inhibit full access to healthcare services for South Asian women in Glasgow. Read More Visit site £ TCN Glasgow City Journal article
Bowes et al. (1990a) The changing nature of Glasgow's ethnic‐minority community Bowes et al (1990a) chart the changes exhibited by ethnic minority groups in Glasgow (mainly within the context of council housing). The discussion is based on data gathered as part of an earlier local authority funded study. The paper incorporated data from the electoral register, which although limited in some respects, was nonetheless the best data available on household composition. The data are complemented by a household survey undertaken by the authors. The analysis shows the average ethnic minority household size as notably greater than the overall Glasgow average. In addition, the paper discusses ethnic minority employment patterns, the first and second languages spoken within households, and mobility. Although the study pre-dates the diversity seen today in Glasgow, it nonetheless provides an interesting snapshot of a period of change amongst Glasgow’s ethnic minority communities. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Bowes et al. (1990b) Racism and harassment of Asians in Glasgow Although a study of racism during the late nineteen eighties, Bowes et al (1990b) combine case-study methodology and survey data to provide analysis of both institutional and interpersonal racism as experienced by the Asian community in Glasgow and considers those experiences within a wider Scottish context. With a focus on the policies of the Housing Department of the then Glasgow District Council, the paper begins with a interesting discussion of the use of central terms, which allows the authors to present an explanation for their use of the term ‘racial harassment’ in preference to that of ‘racist harassment’. Overall, the study found a general lack of enforcement rendered anti-racist measures ineffective when it came to addressing institutional racism. See also Bowes et al (1990a) for a study dating from the same period which also considered issues faced by Glasgow’s ethnic minority communities in relation to council housing. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Bowes et al. (2008) Asylum policy and asylum experiences – interactions in a Scottish context The work of Bowes et al. (2008) focuses on local and sub-national levels in contrast to the pre-eminence of state and international level analysis evident in other research on the topic of asylum. This view is taken in recognition of the influence that local and sub-national conditions can have on policy. The study rests on research completed in post devolution Scotland and presents an interesting reflection on how asylum and migration policies (in terms of control) at the local and individual level are affected by existing tensions. Including the views of asylum seekers, providers and community groups, the central aim of this study is to demonstrate the sometimes contradictory nature of local level processes in relation to control over asylum seekers, on the one hand fostering new communities while on the other facilitating exclusion. See also Lewis (2006) who examines attitudes found within Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees; and Sim and Bowes (2007) who explore the experience of asylum seekers in Glasgow. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Journal article
British Red Cross (2010) Positive Images Toolkit The British Red Cross Positive Images Toolkit provides an excellent resource for helping young people aged 12 or over to gain a better understanding of issues related to migration and development (in line with the Millennium Development Goals). The toolkit is designed to empower young people to take steps to address migrant vulnerability. It includes a wide range of practical and interactive ways of engaging young people, complete with lesson plans to aid delivery. Read More Visit site Free UK Third sector
Bromley et al. (2007) Attitudes to Discrimination in Scotland: 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey This report presents the findings from research which asked respondents in Scotland about their attitudes to discrimination. The principle aim of the report was to gauge the scale of discriminatory attitudes held and to shed light on why they exist. Drawing on data gathered from the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, the report covers a wide range of areas including employment and marriage and relationships. It also touches on related issues of ethnicity and religion. Findings include the following: most respondents are of the opinion that every effort should be made to eradicate prejudice from Scottish society; prejudice towards both Travellers/Gypsy communities and Muslims appears to be the most prevalent. The report finds that fear over a perceived impact on culture was central to the development of such attitudes. For a more recent study on Scottish public attitudes towards migration see McCollum et al. (2014) and also Lewis (2006) who examines attitudes found within Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government document
Brown and Danson (2008) Fresh talent or cheap labour? Accession State migrant labour in the Scottish economy Brown and Danson (2008) explore the role EU Accession States migrant workers play in Scotland’s economy. The study begins by providing background to schemes such as the now-defunct Scottish Executives Fresh Talent Initiative, before a detailed presentation of the demographics of migrant workers to Scotland and associated labour market characteristics. In addition to exploring related public policy, Brown and Danson examine the demand for migrant workers and reflect upon how they might impact upon the Scottish economy. The study highlights the reality for many migrant workers who are well qualified or skilled, yet gain only low-paid or low-skilled employment in Scotland’s labour market. The study also highlights the problematic aspect of this feature of migrant labour, that it is a barrier to long-term settlement. Although a discussion and analysis of migration in the context of the Scottish economy and labour market, the articles relevance stretches beyond Scotland, to the UK and Europe. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Journal article
Bynner (2010) Review of Community Engagement in Neighbourhood Management in Govanhill This report is the outcome of a review of local engagement within the Govanhill area of Glasgow, an area of the city which has a number of ethnic and migrant communities. Set up with guidance from the South East Community Health and Care Partnership, the Govanhill Neighbourhood Management (NM) Steering Group was conceived to coordinate public agencies, further education and other providers in their efforts to identify key local priorities and develop appropriate action plans for the area. Bynner’s report (2010) reviews Govanhill Neighbourhood Management (NM) Steering Group’s engagement with the voluntary sector and other local groups in order to find ways of improving communication between Govanhill’s various communities, allowing them to voice their point of view and gain increased influence within the community. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Third sector
Candappa et al. (2007) Education and schooling for asylum-seeking and refugee students in Scotland: an exploratory study Candappa et al’s (2007) is a Scottish Executive Schools Directorate commissioned study which investigates the provision of education for refugee and asylum seeking pupils in Scotland. Exploring a range of related issues, the study’s principle aim was to identify best practice for integrating these pupils into the Scottish education system, based on the authors’ examination of existing provision. The study also takes account of policy and practice within two local authorities in England. The Scottish based research with chosen primary and secondary schools, was conducted in two Scottish cities (which remain anonymous in the report) and included interviews with senior staff, children and parents, in addition to a survey conducted with Scottish Education Authorities. Overall, this study highlights the numerous factors which affect refugee and asylum seeking children’s well-being, and ultimately underlines that all children in Scotland have entitlement to a full education. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland, England Scottish Government document