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MEAD (2013) MEAD Evaluation Report Commissioned by the Minority Ethnic Access Development department (MEAD) - a division of Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS) - the report is the outcome of an external evaluation intended to uncover the opinions of Perth’s ethnic minority service users. While Perth’s ethnic minorities are not entirely homogenous groups, the report provides a general overview of how local Polish, Chinese, Pakistani and Indian community members engage with local services. A fascinating insight is given into their experiences of accessing local services. Issues addressed include encounters with language barriers, employment and volunteering, health service provision, community engagement and wellbeing. The report identifies a greater need to communicate the availability of MEAD services particularly to new arrivals. The importance of working to overcome the language barrier is also identified along with potential resource issues in terms of staffing and forging closer links with mainstream services. Overall, the report demonstrates MEAD’s willingness to listen to the voices of its service users. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Public sector
Molnár (2011) The integration process of immigrants in Scotland, UK and in Washington Molnár (2011) provides a comparative study of migrant integration, focusing on the experiences of migrants moving from former Soviet Union countries to the UK (Scotland) and the USA (Washington). The researcher gathered survey data from questionnaires completed by both migrants and local participants within the host countries, in conjunction with interviews with both migrants and local authorities, to closely examine the integration process. The study provides an interesting account of how such integration processes and acculturation are impacted on by the attitudes and characteristics of the host society but also of the attitudes of migrants themselves. As such, the author argues such factors can play a significant positive or negative role for individuals during the period of integration. This comparative study clearly demonstrates both that integration is a complex phenomenon and the important place immigration holds within contemporary societies throughout the world, accompanied by subsequent benefits and tensions. Read More Visit site Free TCN Scotland, USA Book
Moskal (2010) Polish migrant children's experiences of schooling and home-school relations in Scotland This briefing paper by Moskal (2010) discusses the integration of Polish migrant children through the examination of the role of Scottish schools in the integration process. The focus of the study accounts for the significance the school experience for children and, the links between success at school and home environment. After English, Polish is now the most common language in Scottish schools, consequently this creates a resource issue in terms of English language tuition. This paper also draws attention to the difficulties faced in trying to accurately establish an appropriate learning level for each new arrival. This is particularly the case when children arrive at their new school without information on their previous school work or achievements. This matter is compounded further in a system of formative assessment which focuses predominantly on language ability. In addition, the study identifies communication problems which can emerge between the family/ parents and the school. In such cases, children themselves can play a key role in bridging the gap. Also see Moskal (2014) and Dillon (2013) for studies exploring some of the issues discussed in this paper. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Academic research
Moskal (2013a) Circulating capitals between Poland and Scotland: A transnational perspective on European labour mobility Through examining the complex reality of Polish migration to Scotland, Moskal (2013a) highlights migrant commitment to both Poland and Scotland. This example is presented as a challenge to the concept of the ‘brain drain’ – which the author contends should instead be considered as a circulation of economic, social and cultural capital within a newly shaped European space. Moskal (2013a) highlights the increasingly transnational nature of the European labour market and migrant mobility. The gains and losses that Polish migrants experience (both at home in Poland and in Scotland) as a result of the decision to migrate are also explored. See also Moskal (2013b) for a further study which explores migrants’ use of social, cultural and economic capital and transnational connections, Moskal (2014) which covers a range of concepts including the family, social and cultural capitals. Also see Pietka (2011) which examines the concept of community and Trevena et al. (2013) for a study of migrant mobility. See Lassalle et al. (2011) for a study of Polish entrepreneurs in Scotland. Read More Visit site £ EU Journal article
Moskal (2013b) Transnational social networks, human capital and economic resources of Polish immigrants in Scotland Moskal’s (2013b) study explores migrants’ use of resources (social, cultural and economic capital) using evidence gathered through surveys and interviews conducted with Polish migrants in Scotland during 2006-2007. The study set out to explore the group’s integration into Scottish society. In addition, the research explores Polish migrants’ transnational connections. The study builds on previous work which has shown persistent connections between a migrant’s country of origin and settlement. These links are multi-faceted and have a significant influence on the lives of migrants. The study examines emerging, new forms of mobility to which multiple identities are associated along with transnational connections, which reflect current patterns of movement facilitated by the flexibility of European Union policy. Overall, this study by Moskal (2013b) highlights the fading distinction between internal and international migration in the context of post-enlargement Europe. Also see Moskal (2013a) for an additional study which examines social and cultural capital and labour mobility in a transnational context between Poland and Scotland. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Book
Moskal (2014) Polish migrant youth in Scottish schools: Conflicted identity and family capital Moskal (2014) presents research based on a study which draws upon observation of Polish migrant children in their home and school environments. Detailed interviews allowed the children and young people’s perspectives to be brought to the fore. The study also included input from the parents of the seventeen young participants. The overall focus of the study was on experiences of school transition for first generation migrants. This was framed within a context of transferability of educational success and social mobility. Drawing upon sociological theory, Moskal (2014) covers a range of concepts including the family, social and cultural capital. The author then discusses the potential use of policy and practice to support young migrants. See also a briefing paper by Moskal (2010) exploring the integration of Polish migrant children to Scotland through an examination of the role of schools in the integration process. Moskal et al. (2010) reflects on educational initiatives and policy and the need to consider migration processes. Read More Visit site £ EU City of Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen City Journal article
Moskal et al. (2010) The schooling of migrant pupils in Europe: Some policy lessons This working paper by Moskal et al. (2010) looks at the flaws in our understanding of how migratory processes interact with wider social, economic and political contexts and, the effect that this can have on a child’s education. Such misunderstanding can lead to the perpetuation of educational initiatives that are, in fact, inappropriate for migrant pupils. Moskal et al. (2010) draw attention to the number of migrant children who leave European education systems more disadvantaged than their native-born peers. This occurs even though education should, in theory, function as a mediator for migrant children and their families between the social, economic and political background of their new environment. Also see Moskal (2014) for research based on a study which included observation of Polish migrant children within their home and school environments and similarly a briefing paper by Moskal (2010) discussing integration of Polish migrant children in Scotland through an examination of the role of schools in the integration process. Read More Visit site Free Academic research
MOVING ON? DISPERSAL POLICY, ONWARD MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION OF REFUGEES IN THE UK Since 2000, the UK has operated compulsory dispersal, a policy designed to ‘spread the burden’ of housing asylum seekers who require accommodation across the UK and to discourage long-term settlement in London and the South East. To enhance understanding of refugee integration, this research discusses the two-year (2012–14), ESRC-funded project, in which the geography of onward migration amongst refugees dispersed across the UK as asylum seekers was mapped. The findings are based on 83 in-depth interviews with refugees, analysis of Refugee Integration and Employment Service (RIES) client data (2008–11) and analysis of the Home Office Survey of New Refugees (SNR) data (2005–09) for four different sites across the UK: Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and London. The report explores the main factors that influence refugees’ decisions to stay in a town or city or move on and considered how this affects the process of integration. Finally, the report examines the policy implications for the different levels of government, service providers and the voluntary sector of the long-term impact of UK dispersal policy on refugee onward migration and integration. The report weaves together quantitative and qualitative data analysis findings to address key questions surrounding refugee onward migration and integration outcomes. Read More Visit site UK Research Report
Mulvey (2010) When policy creates politics: The problematizing of immigration and the consequences for refugee integration This article by Mulvey (2010) presents the argument that the problems of integration for migrants, in particular asylum seekers and refugees, stems from a hostile political environment. The author contends that asylum seekers were firstly constructed as a threat by way of New Labour asylum policy and associated rhetoric that accompanied policy-making – such construction presented immigration as a problem and in turn created a sense of crisis within the domain of policy making – in turn the author argues, the crisis then fostered hostility within the general population towards migrants. This article clearly highlights the importance of the consideration of context in examining the policy-making processes of Government, and that the way policy is made is central to how it is subsequently received by the public. See also Bowes et al. (2008) for another study which assesses asylum policy and asylum experiences in a Scottish context, and Lewis (2006) who examines attitudes found within Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees. Read More Visit site Free Refugee, Asylum seeker UK Journal article
Mulvey (2013) In search of normality: Refugee integration in Scotland Providing both a summary and full report version, this Scottish Refugee Council sponsored report authored by Mulvey (2013) offers a substantial resource for anyone interested in the integration of refugees in Scotland. A particular strength of the report is its accessibility. Clearly presented findings include data gathered from the perspective of the refugee community. The report covers key indicators for integration (such as employment, housing, education, health and social community), as well as the factors used in the Indicators of Integration framework by Ager and Strang (2004). There are a considerable number of studies on this topic, see for example Aspinall and Watters (2010), Candappa et al. (2007) on education provision, Kirkwood et al. (2014) on refugee and asylum seeker integration discourse and studies which consider refugee skills and employment issues – Guest and Vecchia (2010), Smyth and Kum (2010), and Stewart (2005). Read More Visit site Free Refugee Scotland Third sector