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Bromley et al. (2007) Attitudes to Discrimination in Scotland: 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey This report presents the findings from research which asked respondents in Scotland about their attitudes to discrimination. The principle aim of the report was to gauge the scale of discriminatory attitudes held and to shed light on why they exist. Drawing on data gathered from the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, the report covers a wide range of areas including employment and marriage and relationships. It also touches on related issues of ethnicity and religion. Findings include the following: most respondents are of the opinion that every effort should be made to eradicate prejudice from Scottish society; prejudice towards both Travellers/Gypsy communities and Muslims appears to be the most prevalent. The report finds that fear over a perceived impact on culture was central to the development of such attitudes. For a more recent study on Scottish public attitudes towards migration see McCollum et al. (2014) and also Lewis (2006) who examines attitudes found within Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government document
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
Molnár (2011) The integration process of immigrants in Scotland, UK and in Washington Molnár (2011) provides a comparative study of migrant integration, focusing on the experiences of migrants moving from former Soviet Union countries to the UK (Scotland) and the USA (Washington). The researcher gathered survey data from questionnaires completed by both migrants and local participants within the host countries, in conjunction with interviews with both migrants and local authorities, to closely examine the integration process. The study provides an interesting account of how such integration processes and acculturation are impacted on by the attitudes and characteristics of the host society but also of the attitudes of migrants themselves. As such, the author argues such factors can play a significant positive or negative role for individuals during the period of integration. This comparative study clearly demonstrates both that integration is a complex phenomenon and the important place immigration holds within contemporary societies throughout the world, accompanied by subsequent benefits and tensions. Read More Visit site Free TCN Scotland, USA Book
Poole (2010) National Action Plans for social inclusion and A8 migrants: The case of the Roma in Scotland Set in the context of EU enlargement and inclusion policy, Poole (2010) examines the exclusion and marginalisation experienced by Roma migrants in Scotland. The author argues that Roma exclusion will continue while legislative and structural barriers persist. These barriers prohibit full participation in Scottish society and prevent Roma from making a full social contribution. These obstacles are compounded further by evident discrimination and racism, which inhibits policy implementation and prevents service providers from meeting the welfare needs of Scotland’s Roma community. These factors also negatively impact community cohesion. See also Poole and Adamson (2008) for a Glasgow based study of the Roma community, Scottish Government (2013b) for their review of equality and ethnicity in Scotland, Bromley et al. (2007) on research which asked participants in Scotland about their attitudes to discrimination, and for a study of Scottish public attitudes towards migration see McCollum et al. (2014). De Lima (2012) discusses migration, equality and discrimination within the context of social justice. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Smyth and Kum (2010) 'When they don't use it they will lose it': Professionals, deprofessionalization and reprofessionalization: The case of refugee teachers in Scotland This study by Smyth and Kum (2010) examines the issues faced by teachers who are either refugees or seeking asylum in Scotland. The research delivers a valuable insight into their attempts to re-enter the teaching profession in Scotland. The study investigates barriers and discrimination faced by refugee teachers. Notably, barriers are more prevalent for teachers seeking asylum as they are prohibited from undertaking paid employment. The study also highlights the difficulties encountered, and support required, by some refugee teachers attempting to complete the General Teaching Council for Scotland registration process. The authors draw attention to the fact that many refugees, despite being well educated, are often only able to secure unskilled employment. Their access to their profession is impeded and this impacts on refugee teachers’ integration into Scottish society. Also, such impediment deprives Scotland of a diverse teaching cohort. The study’s findings have clear implications for refugees from other professional backgrounds both in Scotland and elsewhere. Also see the report on the same topic by RITeS (2008). Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Journal article
Worth et al. (2009) Vulnerability and access to care for South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients with life limiting illness in Scotland: Prospective longitudinal qualitative study Worth et al. (2009) outline their longitudinal study which attempts to understand the difficulties that Muslim South Asian and Sikh patients suffering from life limiting illnesses encounter when accessing services in Scotland. The study also proposes potential solutions for some of the obstacles identified. The study revealed a number of problematic areas. These included an apparent lack of culturally appropriate care, services constrained by resource issues and incidences of both racial and religious discrimination. Those found to be most vulnerable were more recent arrivals with limited command of English or no family advocate. Notably, the South Asian and Sikh community only has limited awareness of the function of hospices and associated services. Although the study recognises that robust diversity policies are in place in Scotland, Worth et al. (2009) stress the necessity for active case management and a focus on ethnic minority needs. These steps are needed in order to meet the required provision of palliative care for all South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients, providing them with full access to high quality end-of-life care. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article