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Aspinall and Watters (2010) Refugees and asylum seekers: A review from an equality and human rights perspective Aspinall and Watters (2010) provide a comprehensive account of issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers within a number of domains including health, education and employment. The report is particularly relevant within a Scottish context as it outlines the situation found in Scotland as part of a section devoted to geographical differences within the UK. Following a brief outline of Scotland’s response to asylum seekers over past decades through the asylum dispersal programme of the UK Government and Glasgow’s principal participation, the authors provide detail of issues concerning housing; destitution; healthcare; integration of asylum seekers and refugees; children and young people; media and public attitudes, before finally touching on some of the differences found between Scottish and UK government policy. See also Ager and Strang (2010) for a study which focuses on refugee integration; Mulvey (2013); and Threadgold and Court (2005). Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Public sector
Bowes et al. (2008) Asylum policy and asylum experiences – interactions in a Scottish context The work of Bowes et al. (2008) focuses on local and sub-national levels in contrast to the pre-eminence of state and international level analysis evident in other research on the topic of asylum. This view is taken in recognition of the influence that local and sub-national conditions can have on policy. The study rests on research completed in post devolution Scotland and presents an interesting reflection on how asylum and migration policies (in terms of control) at the local and individual level are affected by existing tensions. Including the views of asylum seekers, providers and community groups, the central aim of this study is to demonstrate the sometimes contradictory nature of local level processes in relation to control over asylum seekers, on the one hand fostering new communities while on the other facilitating exclusion. See also Lewis (2006) who examines attitudes found within Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees; and Sim and Bowes (2007) who explore the experience of asylum seekers in Glasgow. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Journal article
Candappa et al. (2007) Education and schooling for asylum-seeking and refugee students in Scotland: an exploratory study Candappa et al’s (2007) is a Scottish Executive Schools Directorate commissioned study which investigates the provision of education for refugee and asylum seeking pupils in Scotland. Exploring a range of related issues, the study’s principle aim was to identify best practice for integrating these pupils into the Scottish education system, based on the authors’ examination of existing provision. The study also takes account of policy and practice within two local authorities in England. The Scottish based research with chosen primary and secondary schools, was conducted in two Scottish cities (which remain anonymous in the report) and included interviews with senior staff, children and parents, in addition to a survey conducted with Scottish Education Authorities. Overall, this study highlights the numerous factors which affect refugee and asylum seeking children’s well-being, and ultimately underlines that all children in Scotland have entitlement to a full education. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland, England Scottish Government document
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
Mulvey (2014) Asylum seekers and refugees: a litmus test for Scotland? This chapter is published in an edited volume which explores the nature and extent of poverty in Scotland at the time of the referendum on independence, the chapter looks at poverty among asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and suggests that some of the causes of that poverty lie in the UK Governments policies. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker Scotland Book
Mulvey (2017) Social citizenship, social policy and refugee integration: a case of policy divergence in Scotland. The relationship between Holyrood and Westminster is an evolving one where there is some evidence of policy divergence. Underpinning policy approaches are different views of social citizenship, with the Holyrood approach maintaining elements of the post-1945 welfare settlement. The place of refugees and asylum seekers within these differing approaches is currently underexplored. This article looks at the Scottish and UK Governments’ views of social rights and how they apply to asylum seekers and refugees. It suggests that despite refugee ‘policy’ being at least partly reserved, the Scottish Government has been able to take a different approach from that of Westminster, an approach underpinned by these differing welfare outlooks. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Academic journal
Quinn et al. (2011) An evaluation of the Sanctuary Community Conversation programme to address mental health stigma with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow This report by Quinn et al (2011) evaluates the community conversations project which was set up to engage with Glasgow’s asylum seeker and refugee communities to improve understanding of mental health, increase help seeking, promote recovery and address the stigma associated with mental illness. The report presents the key findings from the project, and a discussion of the implications and recommendations which emanate from the analysis. This report reflects the increased numbers of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and will be of value to a wide range of parties interested in addressing the mental health needs of this vulnerable group. See also a study by Knifton (2012) which explores the beliefs, stigma and the effectiveness of national mental health campaigns for Scotland’s Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities, and Levecque and Van Rossem (2014) which looks at how migrant mental health may potentially be affected by integration policies. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Glasgow City Public sector
Schech (2010) Seeing like a region: Parliamentary discourses on asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and South Australia This study compares discourse found in Scotland and South Australia on issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees. The research places Scotland in a regional context alongside South Australia. Both regions serve as case studies of sub-state level political units where prevailing condition are at odds with state level immigration policy. Schech (2010) examines the arguments found in both regions and examines how notions of sovereignty and human rights influence their political discourse. These discourses are then cited in support of their efforts to counter their respective demographic challenges through immigration. The study highlights factors similar to both settings (such as an emphasis on the economic benefits of migration), it also draws out some interesting differences between the two regions, notably as in the case of Scotland an assertion of a humanitarian based society focused on social welfare. Also see the work of Kirkwood et al. (2014) which addresses discourse and its rhetorical function in discussions of refugee and asylum seeker integration and, for a human rights perspective, see Aspinall and Watters (2010). Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland, Australia Journal article
Sim and Bowes (2007) Asylum Seekers in Scotland: The accommodation of diversity With a focus on the city of Glasgow, Sim and Bowes (2007) explore the experience of asylum seekers who arrived in the city as a result of the UK Government's dispersal policy. The authors provide contextual background which shows that, in 2001, Glasgow was far less ethnically diverse than other major cities in England. By 2004, however, numbers of asylum seekers in the city far exceeded those of any other local authority in the UK. Against this backdrop, Sim and Bowes (2007) explore the question of whether or not it is possible for Glasgow to function as a new centre of multiculturalism which is conducive to the long term settlement of asylum seekers. Given the city’s limited experience of multiculturalism, the authors seek to understand the conditions that need to be in place in order to aid this process. In their analysis, Sim and Bowes (2007) incorporate information gathered through interviews with asylum seekers. The authors also include the views of service providers, and community and voluntary organisations. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker Glasgow City Journal article