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George et al. (2011) Impact of migration on the consumption of education and children’s services and the consumption of health services, social care and social services George et al. (2011) include Scotland in an analysis of UK Immigration Policy focusing on the UK’s Points Based System. Within the limitations set by available data, the study examines the financial costs involved in the provision of education, health and social services for migrants. The study also provides a review of existing literature of the impact on public services that the presence of migrants has. The authors identify the area of service impact as one that has been under-researched. They incorporate a detailed account of associated expenditure stemming from migration and suggest implications for UK immigration policy. See also Dustmann and Frattini (2011) who explore the impact of migration on public service provision, Rolfe and Metcalf (2009) who assess the impact of migration to Scotland since 2004,, a study on housing by Glasgow Housing Association (2008) and, Catto and Gorman (2010) who analyse media presentation of the impact of Central and Eastern European migration on NHS Scotland. Read More Visit site Free UK, Scotland Independent research
Gillespie (2012) Trapped: Destitution and asylum in Scotland This report draws attention to the risk of destitution faced by asylum seekers, who are at their most vulnerable if their asylum claim is refused. Gillespie (2012) explores the issue of destitution through interviews with some of those directly affected alongside survey data, supplemented by focus group and workshop input. The report questions the efficacy of the asylum system and decision-making processes (these are called into question on the basis of the success rate for appealed cases which is relatively high). The study underlines the fact that refusal of an asylum claim leaves many asylum seekers without the right to seek employment and without access to financial assistance, and thus without the mean to support themselves. The report provides an important assessment of the scale and nature of destitution experienced by those within the asylum system, it also provides an insightful account of the impact of destitution on asylum seekers in Scotland, and includes recommendations for moving forward. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker Scotland Third sector
Glasgow Housing Association (2008) Housing migrant workers: the impact on GHA From 2004 onwards, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has experienced an increase in demand for its homes and housing services from migrant workers. GHA therefore commissioned this study to better understand the needs of its newly arrived population. Migrants’ experiences of GHA housing provision are presented and discussed. The report also seeks to ascertain how GHA and other Local Housing Organisation services have been impacted by immigration. With a specific focus on A8 migrants to Glasgow, the study explores the impact on operational management experienced by these organisations when housing such a diverse group of workers with diverse linguistic and cultural characteristics. Although most A8 migrant workers opt for private rented accommodation, the study found that GHA housing was regarded as a more affordable and secure housing choice, and that such choice plays a key role when it comes to decisions regarding long-term settlement. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Third sector
Grieve and Haining (2011) Inclusive practice? Supporting isolated bilingual learners in a mainstream school Grieve and Haining (2011) provide an account of their research based on data gathered over a two-year period. The research focuses on one specific urban primary school. The study tracks the experience of children who do not have English as their first language and for whom the language spoken at home is not shared with many other classmates or teaching staff. These children are identified as ‘isolated learners’. The study explores the full range of the interplay between the experiences of the children and the support given by teaching staff who are trying to ensure that they fulfil their potential. The study explores effective practice and identifies gaps in the provision for isolated learners. The paper also cautions that schools should avoid the assimilationist approach that has been popular in the past when trying to fully integrate their new arrivals. See also Dillon (2013) for a study of migrant children who do not have English as their first language and Foley (2013) which examines EAL policy and practice. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Guest and Vecchia (2010) Scoping study on support mechanisms for the recognition of the skills, learning and qualifications of migrant workers and refugees This report was compiled by Guest and Vecchia (2010) for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership. The principle aim of the study was to develop frameworks of recognition for migrant and refugee skills and qualifications. This was done to better facilitate migrant access to programmes of continuing professional development or, entry into higher echelons of employment. The lack of effective mechanisms for skills’ recognition was identified by Guest and Vecchia (2010) as a significant barrier for migrants (commensurate with findings within other research reviewed by the authors). In addition, perceptions that migrants possess limited language were compounded by negative employer attitudes. See also Smyth and Kum (2010) which investigates the barriers and discrimination faced by teachers who are either refugees or seeking asylum in Scotland when they attempt to re-enter the teaching profession. Similarly Stewart (2005) examines the impediments to employment faced by refugee doctors. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Third sector
Guillemot and Shubin (2010) Searching jobs for 'better life': Understanding employment mobility and well-being of Eastern European migrants in France and Scotland Guillemot and Shubin (2010) explore both the theoretical and practical issues connected to the employment and well-being of Eastern European migrants in France (Anjou) and Scotland (Aberdeenshire) and questions related concepts and policies on migration and integration. The article covers emerging mobile lifestyles and the subsequent need for social policy to correspondingly adapt and highlights the potential barrier created by EU policies intended to limit migration through focusing on illegal labour and favouring seasonal or highly skilled labour. The authors anticipate that while the possibility of a reduction in the demand for migrant labour and lower employment opportunities emanating from economic instability, may also elicit an increase in xenophobia as witnessed during the 2010 French regional elections. For further studies on Eastern European migrant mobility see Shubin (2012a; 2012b) which consider the influence of faith and the church in the experiences of Eastern European migrant integration; and Shubin and Dickey (2013) who explore the interplay between migrant mobility and employment of Eastern European workers across Scotland. Read More Visit site Free EU Aberdeenshire Academic research
Haghighi and Lynch (2012) Entrepreneurship and the social integration of new minorities: Iranian hospitality entrepreneurs in Scotland This study by Haghighi and Lynch (2012) explores the relationship between Iranian entrepreneurship and integration within Scotland’s hospitality and tourism sector, to examine whether it aids their integration process or acts as a barrier. Haghighi and Lynch (2012) find that paradoxically, minority entrepreneurship within the hospitality sector on the one hand promotes economic integration through capital, but on the other hand hinders their social and cultural integration and therefore can be either a facilitator or a barrier to integration for minorities. The authors contend subsequently that integration should be considered as a continuum as opposed to being viewed as being attained through reaching a prescribed point, with integration resting between the opposing points of isolation and assimilation – evidenced by those who participated in the study as having identified themselves as being located at neither opposing point. As such, the study suggests that ultimately complete integration is impossible for those who participated due to high levels of cultural differences between original and host cultures. Read More Visit site £ TCN Scotland Journal article
Hall Aitken (2007) Outer Hebrides migration study: final report Hall Aitken (2007) delivers a substantial report which frames an examination of migration in the Outer Hebrides within a broader context of migration in comparable rural areas; areas that are also characterised by depopulation. The report explores the main causes on both in and out-migration. Consequently, the study draws out policy and practice which could potentially be utilised to encourage in-migration and reduce out-migration from rural areas. In particular, the report recommends establishing a multi-agency partnership to address a range of areas such as enterprise development, housing needs, and engagement with young people along with making those who have already left aware of current opportunities. The recommendations on migrant integration extend to awareness-raising and provision of support for existing communities during the process of integration. The recruitment of migrant outreach workers to the role of intermediaries between migrant workers and agencies is also recommended along with a full assessment of both current and future training needs among migrant workers. Read More Visit site Free Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Public sector
Hepburn (2011) ‘Citizens of the region’: Party conceptions of regional citizenship and immigrant integration Locating Scotland within studies of Catalonia and Quebec, Hepburn (2011) comparatively explores questions of regional citizenship in relation to immigration and decentralised power within states. In terms of Scotland, the author outlines the Scottish Government and Scottish National Party response to the constraints on immigration policy emanating from a policy area reserved for Westminster, intended to overcome demographic instability and the subsequent concessions made by the UK Government. Covering aspects of citizenship such as rights, participation, and membership (in terms of sense of belonging and identity) the author identifies a number of specific factors, including evidence of political consensus on immigration and a notable absence of far right political parties opposed to immigration in Scotland, alongside Scottish National Party promotion of an open, civic model of citizenship for migrants within an independent Scotland. In this study of an important aspect of migrant integration, Hepburn (2011) highlights the regional differences found in relation to citizenship and its reconfiguration at the sub state level and of citizenship as being inherently linked to immigration policy. Read More Visit site £ Scotland, Catalonia Journal article
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (2009) Young people in the Highlands and Islands: Understanding and influencing the migration choices of young people to and from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland This study commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sets out to understand the major factors influencing the choices people make when planning and undertaking relocation within Scotland. The study asks what measures can be taken to influence the choices that young people who are considering migrating (either to, from or within the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland) make. The study was undertaken because, proportionately, the Highlands & Islands has far lower numbers of 15 to 30 year olds in the population than is typical for the Scottish population overall. Consequently, the region is faced with the prospect of an ageing population and a decreasing work-age population. While this research does not focus specifically on foreign migrant workers, nonetheless this group is recognised as important in the context of the region’s economic and demographic development. Thus, foreign migrant workers are given due consideration in the analysis, which identifies education, employment and the environment as key policy areas which require further development. Read More Visit site Free Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands Scottish Government document