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Jentsch et al. (2007) Migrant workers in rural Scotland: ‘going to the middle of nowhere’ This paper explores international migration to rural Scotland. The study finds that rural development is crucial for the creation of an environment that is both welcoming and meets the aspirations of migrant workers. Although improvement has been made in attempts to facilitate integration, it is the networks that develop between migrants that are perhaps the most significant factor for their integration. These links allow migrants to benefit from the experience of earlier arrivals. Recruitment agencies can also play a similar – integrative -role. With the experiences of both migrants and employers represented, Jentsch et al. (2007) highlight the lack of high-level employment opportunities as an obstacle to long-term settlement. As has already been seen among the youth in rural communities, migrants too may leave in search of better opportunities. The authors also find debate on migration in Scotland to be less focused on ethnicity, and caution that, should more non-accession state migrants arrive, without an accompanying positive discourse the debate may develop into one that reflects the levels of negativity which surround the issue of migration in the rest of the UK. Read More Visit site Free Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands Journal article
Jones (2012) Country research report – United Kingdom Jones (2012) presents research (including a case study of Glasgow) as part of a transnational research project seeking to foster good practice and strategies for promotion of migrant integration at regional and local levels. The study includes discussion of a Migration Policy Toolkit developed by COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership to support Scotland’s local authorities in their efforts to understand migration and its effect on their area. The case study examines Glasgow City Council’s response to integration and highlights their production of welcome packs which have been made available in a variety of languages. Recognition of the important role children play in the integration process is a central finding emerging from the case study. It was found that there was stronger support for new migrants where families had formed social relationships through their children being schooled alongside Scottish born pupils. This support had even extended to community led anti-deportation campaigning. Though such examples are related to asylum seekers, it is argued that the same mechanisms can make a significant contribution to the building of community relationships between other migrant groups and local residents. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City, UK Academic research
Karibu Scotland (2012) Karibu Annual Report The Karibu Scotland (2012) annual report provides an update of the activities of this organisation which provides key support for African women in Glasgow. Promotion of integration is a fundamental part to Karibu Scotland’s work. The organisation works primarily to facilitate the integration of refugee and asylum seeking African women into Scottish society. Karibu provides support to empower African woman and help them access services. The report provides a brief insight into the organisations range of activities designed to aid integration. Karibu runs a sewing project which has resulted in some of the women acquiring skills that have lead to employment. Some women have also begun selling some of their work successfully in one of Oxfam’s Glasgow stores. An enterprising project - the Taste of Africa Café - provides outside catering. In addition, a number of fundraising events are run by Karibu. The report concludes by outlining some of the challenges which lie ahead for Karibu Scotland alongside the organisation’s plans for the future. Read More Visit site Free TCN Glasgow City Third sector
Kay and Morrison (2013) Evidencing the social and cultural benefits and costs of migration in Scotland This collaborative study explores the social and cultural impacts of migration in Glasgow. In addition, the study addresses the question of how such local level experiences can be mapped out and evidenced in a manner that contributes to policy debate at local, regional and national levels. The study utilised the knowledge and experience of key stakeholders who provide support and other services to migrants within the city. Data were collected through interviews and workshops. Kay and Morrison (2013) highlight a number of key themes that emerge from their work. The authors draw attention to some of the implications and policy lessons to emerge from the research and provide a succinct survey of both current and potential further research. Intended primarily as a pilot study, the research involved collaborative work between the University of Glasgow, COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership (CSMP) and Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), it provides an excellent platform for further collaborative research within this important area of migration study. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City
Kearns and Whitley (2010) Health, Wellbeing and social inclusion of migrants in North Glasgow Kearns and Whitely (2010) examine the health, Wellbeing and social inclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The authors make a comparison with other residents, particularly within North Glasgow’s regeneration zones. The authors aim to establish whether or not migrants are worse off than the general population and, to identify any need for additional support. The study is based on interpretation of data from the household survey. The authors interpret the data with caution, pointing out that migrant respondents could have a different understanding of the questions being asked or may have been cautious in giving their response. The study finds that although migrants appear to be generally healthy in comparison to other groups surveyed, there is evidence which points to poor social cohesion and harassment is a relatively common experience. What is more, refugees expressed greater concern over their personal safety, while the issue of social isolation were also a cause for anxiety for those seeking asylum. Read More Visit site Free Refugee, Asylum, TCN, EU Glasgow City Public sector
Kearns and Whitley (2015) Getting There? The Effects of Functional Factors, Time and Place on the Social Integration of Migrants A survey of 1400 migrants, including many asylum seekers and refugees, living in deprived areas in Glasgow, UK is used to test hypotheses in the literature about the effects of functional factors (educational qualifications, ability to speak English, employment), time and place upon the social integration of migrants. Three aspects are considered: trust, reliance and safety; social relations; sense of community. Overall, social integration indicators were worse for migrants than for British citizens living in the same places. Functional factors were positively associated with different aspects of social integration: higher education with more neighbourly behaviours; employment with better social relations and belonging; and English language with greater reliance on others and available social support. Time was positively associated with most social integration indicators; time in the local area more so than time in the UK. Living in a regeneration area was negatively associated with many aspects of social integration. The findings raise questions about the doubly negative effects of the use of dispersal policy for asylum seekers to regeneration areas, necessitating secondary relocation of migrants through further, forced onward migration. Read More Visit site £ UK, Glasgow, Scotland Article
Kenefick (2013) The Jews and Irish in modern Scotland: Anti-semitism, sectarianism and social mobility With a clear focus on Glasgow, Kenefick (2013) provides a fascinating insight into the integration processes experienced by Irish Catholic and Jewish immigrants in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. The focus of the article is historical and the contrasting experiences of the two groups are explored. The author argues that the higher levels of sectarianism and lower levels of anti-Semitism were instrumental in the faster paced, successful integration and social mobility of the Jewish community. Anti-Semitism was found to be less virulent than Christian sectarianism, which in turn resulted in far fewer occurrences of negative behaviour towards Jewish immigrants. This study sits within a wider range of work undertaken by the author which assesses the relationship between these two communities and their Scottish hosts. See also Aspinwall (2013) for additional insight into past experience of Roman Catholic integration into Scottish life. Read More Visit site £ Naturalised Glasgow City Journal article
Kirkwood et al. (2014) ‘He's a cracking wee geezer from Pakistan’: Lay accounts of refugee integration failure and success in Scotland The work of Kirkwood et al. (2014) addresses an under-researched area within the study of migrant integration. The study explores the role of discourse and its rhetorical function in discussions on refugee and asylum seeker integration. The focus of past research has been on the development of ways of measuring levels of integration. Here, the authors shift their focus to an analysis of how discourse feeds into popular views of the success or failure of integration. As such, the study is an important contribution for better understanding interactions at the community level and the relationship of discourse to policy and practice. For more on asylum seeker and refugee integration, see Mulvey (2013) or Aspinall and Watters (2010) account of issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers in a number of domains including health, education and employment. Also, Bowes et al. (2008) focus on local and sub-national level analysis and Lewis (2006) examines attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees found within Scotland. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Glasgow City Journal article
Knifton (2012) Understanding and addressing the stigma of mental illness with ethnic minority communities This study by Knifton (2012) explores the beliefs, stigma and the effectiveness of national mental health campaigns for Scotland’s Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities. The starting point for the author is the premise that existing anti-stigma campaigns have failed to engage with ethnic communities as a result of failure to use appropriate language, imagery and media and by adopting a western medical concept of illness. Resultantly, the author contends that stigma associated with mental health can only be addressed through understanding the relevant socio-cultural context. Overall, this study by Knifton (2012) highlights the pervasiveness of mental illness among already disadvantaged ethnic communities, and the detrimental impact of stigma which undermines an individuals’ ability to seek help, recover from mental illness and their life chances. See also Levecque and Van Rossem (2014) which looks at how migrant mental health may potentially be affected by integration policies and Quinn et al (2011) which covers mental health stigma with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
Kozłowska, Sallah, Galasiński (2008), Migration, Stress and Mental Health: An Exploratory Study of Post-accession Polish Immigrants to the United Kingdom This study addresses a gap in the literature on mental health of post-accession Polish migrants to the United Kingdom. It was designed in response to an influx of migration from the ‘new’ to ‘old’ European countries and the first reports indicating distress among these migrants (Healthcare Commission, 2005 and 2006). This report presents prevalence of mental distress among these migrants and the pressure points threatening their mental well-being. Read More Visit site Free EU UK Research Report