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Lewis (2006) Warm Welcome? Understanding public attitudes to asylum seekers in Scotland Lewis’s (2006) report for the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank examines Scottish attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. Moreover, Lewis attempts to uncover the beliefs and attitudes that underpin such opinions. A clear focus on asylum rather than wider immigration issues is maintained throughout. However, one of the key findings suggests that, for some people, these phenomena are inseparable. Young people in particular expressed more negative attitudes and conflated the two issues. The research was based on data from focus groups with a range of participants and input from key stakeholders. Regional responses were then matched to reported experiences of seeking asylum. The findings reported highlight a lack of accurate information in the public domain. Thus, it is argued that ensuring the Scottish public is better informed is essential for integration. When comparing attitudes with those found in England, however, Scotland generally exhibits a greater level of tolerance towards asylum seekers and the principle of asylum. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
McCollum et al. (2014) Public attitudes towards migration in Scotland: Exceptionality and possible policy implications McCollum et al. (2014) challenge the common perception that Scots are more welcoming to migrants than their UK counterparts: a view often upheld by Scottish politicians against the political backdrop of the Scottish and UK Governments’ divergence on immigration policy. Although the authors do find evidence of favourable attitudes towards migration among the Scottish public (these attitudes are perhaps explained by historic immigration and emigration to and from Scotland) they also highlight emerging attitudes of opposition to migration. As the authors point out, such findings clearly have implications for policy debates on future immigration and constitutional change in Scotland. For further studies on attitudes to discrimination in Scotland see Bromley et al. (2007) and Lewis (2006) who examines Scottish attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. Also see Scottish Government (2013b) which provides a review of equality and ethnicity issues and includes discussion of attitudes to racial discrimination. Tindal et al. (2014b) discuss immigration policy and constitutional change from the perspective of Scottish employers and industry. Read More Visit site Free Scotland, UK Academic journal