Pires and MacLeod (2006) Experience of people who relocate to Scotland


This study authored by Pires and MacLeod (2006) was commissioned by the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise to better understand the decision making process of migrants who choose to come to Scotland. The study explores the range of support services that migrant’s access and considers a range of other factors, in an attempt to gain an insight into migrants’ experiences and barriers they face. The research data was gathered using focus groups and interviews with both migrants and relevant stakeholder organisations. Some of the key findings to emerge from the study were that migrant motivation was often driven by an economic rationale for example, employment or study. Generally those arriving to Scotland had positive experiences to report. Few of those participating in the study had made use of publicly available support as part of their migratory process (although those who had done so did not express any dissatisfaction). Most migrants did not articulate the intention to settle on a long term basis, instead they remained open to the possibility of onward migration.

Bibliographic reference:

Pires, C. and MacLeod, P. (2006) Experience of people who relocate to Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research.







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