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Brown and Danson (2008) Fresh talent or cheap labour? Accession State migrant labour in the Scottish economy Brown and Danson (2008) explore the role EU Accession States migrant workers play in Scotland’s economy. The study begins by providing background to schemes such as the now-defunct Scottish Executives Fresh Talent Initiative, before a detailed presentation of the demographics of migrant workers to Scotland and associated labour market characteristics. In addition to exploring related public policy, Brown and Danson examine the demand for migrant workers and reflect upon how they might impact upon the Scottish economy. The study highlights the reality for many migrant workers who are well qualified or skilled, yet gain only low-paid or low-skilled employment in Scotland’s labour market. The study also highlights the problematic aspect of this feature of migrant labour, that it is a barrier to long-term settlement. Although a discussion and analysis of migration in the context of the Scottish economy and labour market, the articles relevance stretches beyond Scotland, to the UK and Europe. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Journal article
Danson and Jentsch (2009) The new Scottish rural labour market: processes of inclusion and exclusion Defining ‘rural’ as a settlement comprising a population of less than 3,000 people, Danson and Jentsch (2009) consider past debate surrounding the rural labour market. Previously, this market had been concerned with outward migration of Scotland’s youth in search of better employment opportunities. Danson and Jentsch update this understanding, providing a contemporary perspective that takes account of the dynamics of current inward migration to rural Scotland. Their analysis of the labour market and rural migration touches on the contrasting experiences of inclusion and exclusion. On one hand migrant workers are viewed as valued employees who help to sustain rural communities. On the other hand, they experience public negativity in terms of housing allocation and competition for employment. In essence, the authors contend that rather than developing policy centred on particular social groups, policy should be developed to address the issues that surround processes of labour market exclusion. See related studies such as Danson and Jentsch (2012); de Lima (2012); de Lima and Wright (2009). Read More Visit site £ Scotland Book
de Lima and Wright (2009) Welcoming migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland This study underlines the distinct differences that set rural Scotland apart from the rest of the UK as far as policy-making is concerned. Rural Scotland comprises remote areas, including the highlands and islands, within a geographically diverse landscape. De Lima and Wright (2009) explore key questions about the function played by migrant workers within the region, and their impact within rural communities. The authors also explore the role public sector agencies play in addressing the needs of all – both migrant and non-migrant - within rural communities. The authors draw attention to the paradoxical character of sizable Central and Eastern European migration to Scotland’s rural areas. On the one hand this immigration has placed pressure on public services and posed challenges in terms of integration, but, on the other, it has also filled labour gaps, checked outward migration and provided the basis for the regeneration of rural areas. See also de Lima et al. (2007) and Danson and Jentsch (2009); and Danson and Jentsch (2012) for related studies. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
de Lima et al. (2007) A study of migrant workers in Grampian This study of migrant workers in Grampian by de Lima et al. (2007) finds that migrants are an integral part of the locally employed workforce within the hospitality, agricultural and food processing sectors. Migrants are seen as the primary solution to labour shortages within the region. The study looks at the impact migrant workers have on local services. It also examines migrant access to these services. In doing so, the study identifies areas for consideration by service providers. The presence of a language barrier is a key point that emerges from the research. The language barrier is problematic for both service providers and migrant workers alike. In addition, a noticeable pattern of over qualified migrants subjected to irregular and long working hours is also in evidence. See also de Lima (2010); and Danson and Jentsch (2009) for further study of migrant labour in rural Scotland and, de Lima and Wright (2009) who also explore the roles and the impact of migrant workers within rural communities. Read More Visit site Free Aberdeenshire, Moray, Aberdeen City Scottish Government document
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