Migration Library search resultsCo-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals

Title Summary Links Cost Status Location Resource Type
Guest and Vecchia (2010) Scoping study on support mechanisms for the recognition of the skills, learning and qualifications of migrant workers and refugees This report was compiled by Guest and Vecchia (2010) for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership. The principle aim of the study was to develop frameworks of recognition for migrant and refugee skills and qualifications. This was done to better facilitate migrant access to programmes of continuing professional development or, entry into higher echelons of employment. The lack of effective mechanisms for skills’ recognition was identified by Guest and Vecchia (2010) as a significant barrier for migrants (commensurate with findings within other research reviewed by the authors). In addition, perceptions that migrants possess limited language were compounded by negative employer attitudes. See also Smyth and Kum (2010) which investigates the barriers and discrimination faced by teachers who are either refugees or seeking asylum in Scotland when they attempt to re-enter the teaching profession. Similarly Stewart (2005) examines the impediments to employment faced by refugee doctors. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Third sector
Martowicz and Roach (2014), Polish Language Learning in Scotland Key Facts and Opportunities According to the 2001 Scottish Census, Polish has become the largest community language in Scotland. It is spoken as the main language of 61,000 speakers (1.2% of the population). According to the 2013 "Growing up in Scotland" report, Polish is being spoken as the only language in 3% of all households and in 31% of those where any other language is spoken in addition to English. Economic links between Poland and Scotland have strengthened significantly within the last 10 years with exports worth an estimated £8bn annually. Polish cultural and creative industries in Scotland are also thriving. In light of these facts it is surprising that the the Polish language remains completely unrecognised as a resource in Scotland and no provision has been made for it within the Scottish school system. The present report calls for urgent steps to rectify this situation. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Research Report