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Collins (2007) Housing, work and welfare experiences of new migrants in Scotland Focusing on new migrants, this report presents the findings from research which examined Polish migrant workers, who are now the largest new migrant community in Scotland. Input from migrants themselves is the cornerstone of this research. The research also reviews part of the wider Door Step project which falls under an Equal Access programme to aid new migrants and refugees to become specialist advisers in employment, housing and welfare rights. Some of the central findings emerging from the research include concerns expressed by Polish migrant workers over inequality and exploitation which are seen as resulting from Government policy. Overall their experience has been generally positive however, more worryingly, Collins (2007) suggests evidence of increased poverty, poor housing conditions and even homelessness among migrants. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Third sector
McGhee et al. (2013) Post-accession Polish migrants—their experiences of living in ‘low-demand’ social housing areas in Glasgow McGhee et al. (2013) examine social housing provision in Glasgow in relation to provision for Polish migrants. The authors note that Poles have become the latest group to reside in areas of void housing found in Glasgow’s socially deprived areas. The study explores the interplay between the actions of letting organisations such as Glasgow Housing Association, and those of migrants seeking accommodation. The research also addresses the issues around these processes, analysing the perceived advantages and disadvantages of letting of low-demand accommodation for both migrant and housing associations. An insight into migrant perceptions of the significance of securing a tenancy is gained. This is viewed within the context of past housing experience in Poland and, it reveals the compromise that many migrants have made. This compromise has meant balancing personal safety (in terms of living near to socially deprived populations) with the financial security gained through the perceived advantages of social housing. Although the study focuses on Glasgow, the relevance of its findings for areas across the UK is also discussed. Read More Visit site £ EU Glasgow City Academic journal
Pietka (2011) Encountering forms of co-ethnic relations: Polish community in Glasgow With a focus on post-accession migration, Pietka (2011) examines the concept of community as understood by Polish migrants living in Glasgow. The author analyses the data in terms of the concept’s meaning and its mechanism of formation. These social structures are examined with reference to social divisions such as age, gender and social class. This is done in order to explore how these factors relate to, and inform, the meaning of ‘community’ for this migrant group. The study suggests that rather than a homogenous group which can be neatly described as the Polish community in Glasgow, there is a plurality of Polish migrant communities within the city. Each of these communities varies in its cohesiveness and strength in terms of relationships within the community and obligations to other Polish migrant groups, for some relations with other Poles are primarily confined to a personal network of friends and family and do not include the wider community. For more on Polish migrants living in Glasgow, see the Polish Cultural Festival Association (n.d.). Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Academic journal
Polish Cultural Festival Association (n.d.) The experience of Polish-Scottish integration in Scotland Drawing upon previous academic and public sector research alongside work with Polish community organisations, this study aims to improve understanding of the integration of Polish migrants. The study is intended as a contribution to Polish-Scottish integration. In addition to providing an explanation of the factors motivating Polish migrants to come to the UK, the report also provides an interesting discussion on what integration actually means and its variety of forms. The report concludes that levels of integration are affected by a variety of socio-demographic factors. Length of stay and motivating factors behind the decision to migrate are all crucial factors in determining the success of failure of a migrant’s integration experience. The study also identifies a link between children enrolled in school and the successful integration of Polish mothers. Social and cultural factors emerge as prominent for this migrant group, along with barriers to progression including language, and inadequate recognition of migrants’ skills and qualifications (For more on Polish integration see also articles by Moskal 2010; Moskal et al. 2010b; Moskal 2013b; and Pietka 2011). Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Third sector
Trevena et al. (2013) Location, location? A critical examination of patterns and determinants of internal mobility among post-accession Polish migrants in the UK With specific focus on post-accession Polish migrants, Trevena et al. (2013) analyse data gathered from Poles living in England and Scotland across both rural and urban locations. The study aims to better understand their patterns of internal mobility following arrival to the UK. The authors find that family is a significant factor in decisions to move on. Those without children (or unaccompanied by children) were found to be more mobile. This was particularly so if they arrived in the UK through a recruitment agency. In contrast, those with school age children and those who had arrived by way of personal networks were least likely to move on. In addition, the study revealed that young migrants without children were more likely to make a rural to urban move, on the other hand, urban to rural moves were most likely to be made by those with families. Internal mobility appears to lessen once stable accommodation and permanent employment is found. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland, England Journal article
Weishaar (2008) Consequences of international migration: A qualitative study on stress among Polish migrant workers in Scotland Weishaar (2008) produces a study which highlights the specific health service needs of Polish migrants to Scotland. To a great degree, Polish migrants access the health service for treatment for complaints resulting from the strain caused by adjustments necessarily made over the course of transition from one country (and culture) to another. These processes increase levels of migrant stress and vulnerability. Weishaar (2008) utilises data gathered from focus groups and interviews to show that some of the stress Polish migrants face is caused by attempts to cope with a new environment. This strain is exacerbated by cultural and communication difficulties. See also the study by Weishaar (2010) which provides further examples of the difficulties faced by Polish economic migrants to Edinburgh trying to cope with migration. A report by Love et al. (2007) examines the specific health needs of Polish migrants in Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian region. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Weishaar (2010) “You have to be flexible”—Coping among polish migrant workers in Scotland In this study Weishaar (2010) builds on earlier work (See Weishaar 2008) to provide further examples of the difficulties Polish economic migrants face when trying to cope with migration. With a focus on Edinburgh, Weishaar (2010) provides a detailed account of the successful strategies Poles employ to offset the strain of migration. The study is based on focus groups and interview data. Findings reveal that respondents are resourceful and resilient and that social support needs to be an integral part of the adjustment process. The findings discussed in this study have implications for any host country with considerable migrant populations. A better understanding of the relationship between coping with migration and health, coupled with more targeted support, may have considerable benefits for public health. Also see the report by Love et al. (2007) on the specific health needs of Polish migrants in Aberdeenshire and NHS Grampian region. Read More Visit site £ EU City of Edinburgh Journal article