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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
Pires and MacLeod (2006) Experience of people who relocate to Scotland This study authored by Pires and MacLeod (2006) was commissioned by the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise to better understand the decision making process of migrants who choose to come to Scotland. The study explores the range of support services that migrant’s access and considers a range of other factors, in an attempt to gain an insight into migrants’ experiences and barriers they face. The research data was gathered using focus groups and interviews with both migrants and relevant stakeholder organisations. Some of the key findings to emerge from the study were that migrant motivation was often driven by an economic rationale for example, employment or study. Generally those arriving to Scotland had positive experiences to report. Few of those participating in the study had made use of publicly available support as part of their migratory process (although those who had done so did not express any dissatisfaction). Most migrants did not articulate the intention to settle on a long term basis, instead they remained open to the possibility of onward migration. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government