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Weedon et al. (2011) Skills for Scotland: Learning in and for businesses Weedon et al. (2011) report their findings following examination of initiatives aimed at improving the skills of Scotland’s workforce. One of the key research partners (a trade union) was involved in the facilitation of English language learning for migrant workers and it was found that such organisations can offer opportunities for learning. Such institutions can also play a potentially pivotal role in supporting migrant learners in the workplace. The report also identified challenges associated with the delivery of such programmes, particularly to workers with few, or no, qualifications. The issue of encouraging learner engagement is also considered. The development of an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) strategy was driven by the need for policies to aid the economic and social integration of recent arrivals whose first language was not English. This strategy was needed in view of increased immigration to Scotland (predominantly from within the EU). This study underlines the importance of learning English for use in the workplace and, of developing an ESOL strategy that reflects this. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Academic research
Weishaar (2008) Consequences of international migration: A qualitative study on stress among Polish migrant workers in Scotland Weishaar (2008) produces a study which highlights the specific health service needs of Polish migrants to Scotland. To a great degree, Polish migrants access the health service for treatment for complaints resulting from the strain caused by adjustments necessarily made over the course of transition from one country (and culture) to another. These processes increase levels of migrant stress and vulnerability. Weishaar (2008) utilises data gathered from focus groups and interviews to show that some of the stress Polish migrants face is caused by attempts to cope with a new environment. This strain is exacerbated by cultural and communication difficulties. See also the study by Weishaar (2010) which provides further examples of the difficulties faced by Polish economic migrants to Edinburgh trying to cope with migration. A report by Love et al. (2007) examines the specific health needs of Polish migrants in Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian region. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Weishaar (2010) “You have to be flexible”—Coping among polish migrant workers in Scotland In this study Weishaar (2010) builds on earlier work (See Weishaar 2008) to provide further examples of the difficulties Polish economic migrants face when trying to cope with migration. With a focus on Edinburgh, Weishaar (2010) provides a detailed account of the successful strategies Poles employ to offset the strain of migration. The study is based on focus groups and interview data. Findings reveal that respondents are resourceful and resilient and that social support needs to be an integral part of the adjustment process. The findings discussed in this study have implications for any host country with considerable migrant populations. A better understanding of the relationship between coping with migration and health, coupled with more targeted support, may have considerable benefits for public health. Also see the report by Love et al. (2007) on the specific health needs of Polish migrants in Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian region. Read More Visit site £ EU City of Edinburgh Journal article
Welcoming Our Learners: Scotland’s ESOL Strategy 2015 - 2020 The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Strategy for Adults in Scotland 2015 provides the strategic direction to ensure we continue to support high quality learning and teaching of English language in Scotland. Read More Visit site Scotland Strategy document
Wells (2012) ESOL in the Hebrides and Island voices–‘Hey, hang on a minute, tha mise bilingual!’ Published in a British Council collection which focuses on English language teaching for migrants and refugees, Wells (2012) presents an intriguing insight into adult education in the Outer Hebrides. The collection as a whole highlights the regional balancing act necessitated by the facts of devolved education versus the UK government’s centralised control of immigration policy. Learning English is of crucial importance for new arrivals to Scotland. The author suggests that rather than being viewed as incompatible, the traditional aspects of local life and the new customs introduced as a result of immigration, can be harnessed to foster ESOL skills. Learning English is central to academic success for migrant children, for adults, learning English and gaining proficiency opens doors, enhances economic security and leads to increased social acceptance and cultural understanding within the host community. Read More Visit site Free Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Public sector
Worth et al. (2009) Vulnerability and access to care for South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients with life limiting illness in Scotland: Prospective longitudinal qualitative study Worth et al. (2009) outline their longitudinal study which attempts to understand the difficulties that Muslim South Asian and Sikh patients suffering from life limiting illnesses encounter when accessing services in Scotland. The study also proposes potential solutions for some of the obstacles identified. The study revealed a number of problematic areas. These included an apparent lack of culturally appropriate care, services constrained by resource issues and incidences of both racial and religious discrimination. Those found to be most vulnerable were more recent arrivals with limited command of English or no family advocate. Notably, the South Asian and Sikh community only has limited awareness of the function of hospices and associated services. Although the study recognises that robust diversity policies are in place in Scotland, Worth et al. (2009) stress the necessity for active case management and a focus on ethnic minority needs. These steps are needed in order to meet the required provision of palliative care for all South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients, providing them with full access to high quality end-of-life care. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
Wren (2007) Supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow: The role of multi-agency networks This study by Wren (2007) explores the experiences of multi-agency networks which were established in Glasgow to facilitate co-operation between voluntary and statutory sectors for the support of asylum seekers across the city – and reflects the numbers of asylum seekers which have arrived in Glasgow as a result of the UK Governments dispersal policy implemented in 2000. The author highlights gaps in statutory service provision which have been consequently met by voluntary and community organisations and stresses the importance of such support in meeting the needs of Glasgow’s asylum seekers and refugees. Additionally, Wren (2007) draws attention to the implications of resettlement in areas of social deprivation, which may impact on social cohesion, but also of the existence of a policy framework which lacks continuity and consequently leads to frustration among service providers which is exacerbated by the contradictory policy goals of the UK and Scottish Governments. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Glasgow City Journal article
Yu (2000) Chinese older people: A need for social inclusion in two communities This study highlights the impact on the quality of life of elderly Chinese people living in Scotland as a result of difficulties in accessing mainstream public services and inadequate levels of support from within the Chinese community. Incorporating Glasgow within a comparative context with other areas within the UK which have Chinese communities, Yu (2000) examines this vulnerable group through analysis of data gathered from workers within the community care sector and interviews with elderly Chinese themselves. The paper examines a range of related issues such as gender specific problems, self-esteem, Chinese culture and traditional values, lifelong learning, social participation and the social networks they rely on. Yu (2000) provides recommendations for improved policy and practice to facilitate the inclusion of this group fully within both the Chinese community and Scottish society. For more work on this under-researched ethnic group, see also an earlier study by Bailey et al (1994) which provides analysis of Scotland’s Chinese community. Read More Visit site Free TCN Glasgow City, UK Book