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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
Kum et al. (2010) Changing the face of the Scottish teaching profession? The experiences of refugee teachers Building on data gathered as part of the Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland project (See RITeS, 2008) this study by Kum et al. (2010) analyses interview data to explore refugee teachers’ experiences. The research explores the experiences refugee teachers share with non-refugee colleagues alongside points of difference. The study also identifies the barriers refugee teachers have faced in the process of trying to re-enter the teaching profession in Scotland. The authors present the view that, if Scotland is to create a more culturally and linguistically diverse teaching cohort, the sizable barriers faced by refugee teachers need to be overcome. Scotland’s demographic profile is changing due to increased international migration, both from within the European Union and beyond. Thus, the profile of Scotland’s teachers - in line with much of Europe - does not reflect the ethnic diversity found within its contemporary population. The findings from this study clearly have relevance for refugee integration beyond a teaching context. The findings also touch on some of the wider issues associated with international migration such as diversity and globalisation. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Scotland Journal article
Lassalle et al. (2011) Polish entrepreneurs in Scotland: Life trajectories, social capital and business strategies Lassalle et al. (2011) examine the central factors which inform decisions to emigrate, settle and the set up a business as taken by Polish entrepreneurs in Glasgow. The study also explores the entrepreneurs’ relationship with the wider Polish Community. The study finds an interesting dynamic, whereby for Polish entrepreneurs, the Polish community is primarily seen as a marketplace in which they have spotted a business opportunity. Those entrepreneurs who participated in the interviews conducted by Lassalle et al. (2011) had, for the most part, been able to find employment in the UK (by way of agencies in Poland) prior to setting up their business enterprise. Dissatisfaction with the standard of living afforded by their post-migration employment was commonly reported. Polish entrepreneurs relied on their own financial resources to start their business ventures. These entrepreneurs did not rely on wider community support in the start-up phase though such reliance is commonly found among entrepreneurs from other ethnic groups. This study by Lassalle et al. (2011) brings a new understanding to the innovative behaviour of Polish migrant entrepreneurs in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Journal article