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Learning Link Scotland (2007) ESOL in Scotland's voluntary sector This report by Learning Link Scotland (2007) investigates existing provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Scotland’s voluntary sector. The report highlights areas of good practice and work which could be shared more widely across Scotland. It also provides research-generated recommendations. As such, the report meets its central aim of strengthening the infrastructure associated with ESOL provision at national and local levels. The report concludes with a list of ESOL related contacts which is a useful resource. Also see ESOL Scotland for a number of accessible online resources, a scoping study by Rice et al. (2004) and Rice et al. (2008) for a study pertaining to publically funded courses, Weedon et al. (2011) for a workplace context and Beadle and Silverman (2007) for a study which incorporates both provider and learner perspectives. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Third sector
Levels and Dronkers (2008) Educational performance of native and immigrant children from various countries of origin This study by Levels and Dronkers (2008) comparatively examines the Educational achievement across thirteen countries (including Scotland) of both native and migrant children. The analysis includes consideration of both the variety of countries of origin and the destinations of migrant pupils. The authors utilise data from the Project for International Student Assessment (PISA) from 2003 to suggest that understanding the differences in educational performance between native and first and second generation migrants can be gained through taking account of both the origin, destination and family characteristics of migrants. The authors further contend that the interplay between these factors can significantly inhibit the integration of some migrants. This study, while acknowledging the problematic aspect of consistent data, nonetheless provides a response to the lack of cross-national comparative research on the integration of migrant pupils. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Lewis (2006) Warm Welcome? Understanding public attitudes to asylum seekers in Scotland Lewis’s (2006) report for the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank examines Scottish attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. Moreover, Lewis attempts to uncover the beliefs and attitudes that underpin such opinions. A clear focus on asylum rather than wider immigration issues is maintained throughout. However, one of the key findings suggests that, for some people, these phenomena are inseparable. Young people in particular expressed more negative attitudes and conflated the two issues. The research was based on data from focus groups with a range of participants and input from key stakeholders. Regional responses were then matched to reported experiences of seeking asylum. The findings reported highlight a lack of accurate information in the public domain. Thus, it is argued that ensuring the Scottish public is better informed is essential for integration. When comparing attitudes with those found in England, however, Scotland generally exhibits a greater level of tolerance towards asylum seekers and the principle of asylum. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
Love et al. (2007) Health and ethnicity in Aberdeenshire: a study of Polish in-migrants This report recognises the specific health needs of migrants who have arrived in Scotland and clearly places migration within the domain of public health. This report focuses on the situation regarding Polish migrants to Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian region. With health issues for migrants stemming from increased vulnerability, the report discusses some of the existing policies that have been put in place regionally in order to mitigate these issues. These policies have included provision of interpretation services for improved communication, additional training along with active promotion of healthcare within migrant communities. Also see a study on stress among Polish migrant workers in Scotland by Weishaar (2008) and Weishaar (2010) which provides further examples of the difficulties faced by Polish economic migrants trying to cope with the consequences of their migration. Also see MacFarlane et al (2014) for a report on factors that impede the implementation of guidelines and training initiatives designed to make sure healthcare is accessible and suitable for migrant needs. Read More Visit site Free EU Aberdeenshire Public sector
MacFarlane et al. (2014) Healthcare for migrants, participatory health research and implementation science—better health policy and practice through inclusion. The RESTORE project MacFarlane et al (2014) present details of the RESTORE project which is EU funded and due to be completed in 2015. The project promises increased knowledge of factors that impede the implementation of guidelines and training initiatives designed to make sure healthcare is accessible to migrants - both linguistically and culturally- and suits their needs. The project will also make policy recommendations with a view to overcoming such impediments. The study, which began in 2011, includes input from migrants and key stakeholders within the framework of an overarching comparative project undertaken in Scotland, England, Ireland, Greece, Austria and the Netherlands. This is a timely study within the context provided by the increased global mobility of the current era. The increase in global mobility necessitates a correspondingly culturally competent healthcare system. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Martowicz and Roach (2014), Polish Language Learning in Scotland Key Facts and Opportunities According to the 2001 Scottish Census, Polish has become the largest community language in Scotland. It is spoken as the main language of 61,000 speakers (1.2% of the population). According to the 2013 "Growing up in Scotland" report, Polish is being spoken as the only language in 3% of all households and in 31% of those where any other language is spoken in addition to English. Economic links between Poland and Scotland have strengthened significantly within the last 10 years with exports worth an estimated £8bn annually. Polish cultural and creative industries in Scotland are also thriving. In light of these facts it is surprising that the the Polish language remains completely unrecognised as a resource in Scotland and no provision has been made for it within the Scottish school system. The present report calls for urgent steps to rectify this situation. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Research Report
McAdam and Arizpe (2011) Journeys into culturally responsive teaching This paper by McAdam and Arizpe (2011) discusses research connected to a comparative project which included research in Scotland, Australia, Spain and the USA. The authors present the views of three teachers who participated in the project which explored how both Scottish and migrant children reflect upon their own experiences of migration. How the same children reflect on the experiences of other children is also considered. This is achieved through engagement with contemporary picture books. The study involved small groups of mostly ethnic minority children and also included new arrival children who had recently migrated to Scotland either as children of refugees, asylum seekers or migrant workers. The children shared in common the experience of an interruption to their journey from their country of origin to Scotland. This paper presents the teachers’ responses to the learning strategies employed rather than the projects central focus which was on the children’s responses to the picture books. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
McCollum and Findlay (2011) Employer and labour provider perspectives on Eastern European migration to the UK McCollum and Findlay (2011) examine how the role played by East European migrants in the UK labour market has altered over time. The study examines UK employers’ motivations for employing migrants from Eastern Europe and associated migration channels. In so doing, the study demonstrates the prominent role played by Eastern European migrants in the labour market. Findings show how the perspectives of those who recruit and employ Eastern European migrants are linked to the production and representation of the region’s migratory flows to the UK. Also see Jack (2009) for a study which investigates the impact Eastern European migrant workers have had on the Scottish tourism industry, Tindal et al. (2014b) for a study of immigration policy and constitutional change from the perspective of Scottish employers and industry and Danson and Jentsch (2009) for analysis of the rural labour market and the value that employers place on migrant labour. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City, Angus, Fife Independent research
McCollum et al. (2012) Spatial, sectoral and temporal trends in A8 migration;to the UK 2004-2011. Evidence from the worker registration scheme This report by McCollum et al. (2012) presents analysis of Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) data to illuminate migration flow trends. The WRS scheme did not require all migrants to register on the scheme (unemployed and self-employed migrants not having to register, those who did so often failed to re-register following a change in employment). Nonetheless, the data set remains a principal source for the temporal analysis of A8 migrants in the labour market at both local and national levels. The study confirms that agricultural and hospitality sectors are key areas for migrant labour. This is the case both in Scotland and across the UK. Though, as A8 migrants to Scotland are less likely to gain employment through recruitment agencies, the authors suggest that direct employment is more common in Scotland. The findings and detailed analysis in this report, clearly contribute to a greater understanding of migration patterns and required responses at both local and national government levels. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland, UK Independent research
McCollum et al. (2014) Public attitudes towards migration in Scotland: Exceptionality and possible policy implications McCollum et al. (2014) challenge the common perception that Scots are more welcoming to migrants than their UK counterparts: a view often upheld by Scottish politicians against the political backdrop of the Scottish and UK Governments’ divergence on immigration policy. Although the authors do find evidence of favourable attitudes towards migration among the Scottish public (these attitudes are perhaps explained by historic immigration and emigration to and from Scotland) they also highlight emerging attitudes of opposition to migration. As the authors point out, such findings clearly have implications for policy debates on future immigration and constitutional change in Scotland. For further studies on attitudes to discrimination in Scotland see Bromley et al. (2007) and Lewis (2006) who examines Scottish attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. Also see Scottish Government (2013b) which provides a review of equality and ethnicity issues and includes discussion of attitudes to racial discrimination. Tindal et al. (2014b) discuss immigration policy and constitutional change from the perspective of Scottish employers and industry. Read More Visit site Free Scotland, UK Academic journal

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