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Rolfe and Metcalf (2009) Recent Migration into Scotland: The Evidence Base This National Institute of Economic and Social Research publication authored by Rolfe and Metcalf (2009) reviews evidence from a wide range of sources (published and unpublished, qualitative and quantitative) to assess the impact of migration to Scotland since 2004. In addition to assessing the impact of A8 migrants, the report also considers the impact of the arrival of refugee and asylum seekers. The authors assess the impact of these immigration flows in economic, employment and social spheres. The report finds that the statistical data that is available is rather limited. In addition, the authors identify a number of gaps where information needs to be improved. Additional research is particularly needed in the domains of health, education, crime, children and social care. In order to effectively inform policy, more information is required on barriers to accessing employment, migrant access to services and the catalysts and barriers to community integration. The study reflects the fact that migration does increase demand for public services but it also acknowledges migration’s central role in the Scottish Government’s economic strategy. Read More Visit site Free A8, Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Scottish Government
Saeed et al. (1999) New ethnic and national questions in Scotland: Post-British identities among Glasgow Pakistani teenagers This study explores the intriguing topic of some of the hyphenated identities found within contemporary Scotland. With a focus on Glasgow, Saeed et al. (1999) explore young Pakistani teenagers own preferred identities. The youth participating in the research use a number of hyphenated labels which include national, ethnic and religious descriptors. The authors explore the choices these young men make when choosing an identity label. The analysis reveals that Muslim labels are often preferred over other descriptors. The study notes that contemporary, plural identities used by ethnic minorities can at times sit awkwardly within the traditional concept of Britishness, which can be further compounded by the influence of Scottish identity. For a demographic study of Scotland’s Pakistani community see Bailey et al. (1995) and Hopkins (2004), which examines identity for young Scottish-Muslim men in a post 9/11 context. Also see Hopkins (2007b) for further global contexts and Hopkins (2007a) for a reflection on transnational and religious identities. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Saggar et al. (2012) The impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was established in 2007 to advise the UK government on issues relating to migration. Saggar et al. (2012) present their report to MAC which included an assessment of the impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration. The authors observe that defining the concepts of ‘social cohesion’ and ‘integration’ is an important step in order to make effective analytical use of such elusive ideas. A considerable effort is made to provide the reader with detailed conceptual frameworks for consideration. Cohesion is examined in terms of how migration affects local neighbourhoods. Integration is measured with reference to a range of social and economic areas. The impact that migration has on the host country is also considered in terms of the consequences migration has for British national identity. The authors find that there was no significant impact on cohesion stemming from new immigration; the report advocates that cohesion and integration policy development should focus on issues related to deprivation rather than on migration per-se. Read More Visit site Free UK Government document
Schech (2010) Seeing like a region: Parliamentary discourses on asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and South Australia This study compares discourse found in Scotland and South Australia on issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees. The research places Scotland in a regional context alongside South Australia. Both regions serve as case studies of sub-state level political units where prevailing condition are at odds with state level immigration policy. Schech (2010) examines the arguments found in both regions and examines how notions of sovereignty and human rights influence their political discourse. These discourses are then cited in support of their efforts to counter their respective demographic challenges through immigration. The study highlights factors similar to both settings (such as an emphasis on the economic benefits of migration), it also draws out some interesting differences between the two regions, notably as in the case of Scotland an assertion of a humanitarian based society focused on social welfare. Also see the work of Kirkwood et al. (2014) which addresses discourse and its rhetorical function in discussions of refugee and asylum seeker integration and, for a human rights perspective, see Aspinall and Watters (2010). Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland, Australia Journal article
Schleef et al. (2011) Teenagers acquisition of variation: A comparison of locally-born and migrant teens realisation of English (ing) in Edinburgh and London Schleef et al. (2011) give a fascinating insight into Polish migrant teenagers’ acquisition of English. The authors examine how the teenagers acquire local English speech variations. With case study sites in London and Edinburgh, the study finds that Polish adolescents absorb and replicate the variations of English they hear from their local-born peers. This phenomenon occurs in both cities. Interestingly, in some cases, the Polish teenagers also introduce new variations into the speech of their locally-born peers. The study reflects a consequence of the significant numbers of Polish migrants to the UK. The research also raises questions that are applicable to other non-English speaking migrant groups and, for studies concerned with how migrants learn and interact using the English language at a local level. Read More Visit site £ EU City of Edinburgh, England Journal article
Scott (2014) ESOL & Me ESOL & Me is a film made by language learners who attend CLD ESOL Speakeasy for Young People, Edinburgh. Read More Visit site Free City of Edinburgh Film
Scottish Borders Council (2011) Welcome to the Scottish Borders: A guide to help people who want to live and work in the Scottish Borders This guide is part of an overall strategy by the Scottish Borders Council and their partners to promote an inclusive community. The guide is available in English, Polish, Portuguese and Lithuanian language formats and provides useful information about a range of key public and private services for new arrivals to the area regardless of whether they come to work live or simply visit the Scottish Borders. The contents provide clear and accurate information to assist newcomers to feel welcome within the local community, and cover key aspects such as employment, housing, health and welfare, education, emergency service provision along with general help and advice about living within the community. This resource produced by the Scottish Borders Council reflects the arrival of people to the area from both within and outside the European Union, which has added to the diversity of the Scottish Borders. Read More Visit site Free Public sector
Scottish Government (2010) Demographic Change in Scotland This report is driven by the Scottish Government’s requirement for accurate information on Scotland’s population and potential demographic changes (in terms of profile and population growth). This information is needed in order to prepare policy responses to future demographic changes. Within this comprehensive report migration is identified as a key area which has implications for Scotland’s population growth and economic growth targets along with service delivery planning and objectives. The report recognises that recent migration has had a significant impact on population growth in Scotland. It is important to recognise that migration provides the principle opportunity for short-term population growth in Scotland and that immigration has reversed Scotland’s historic tendency towards net out-migration. This Scottish Government report gathers vital evidence to aid better understanding of the complexity of the demographic change currently underway in Scotland. The report gives due consideration to issues of service impact and new policy formation, it also provides a good platform for further investigation of the issues raised. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government
Scottish Government (2013a) New Scots: Integrating refugees in Scotland's communities This publication outlines the Scottish government’s strategy for the support and integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in Scotland. The strategy was developed in conjunction with COSLA, the Scottish Refugee Council and a range of other support agencies with the aim to provide a framework for co-ordinating and maximising resources, to ultimately enable asylum seekers and refugees to rebuild their lives and make a full contribution to Scottish society. The strategy emphasises that integration characterised by a cohesive, multi-cultural community is in fact a two-way process that involves positive change both within newly arrived individuals and Scotland’s host communities. The document also provides a sizable amount of background information including policy context, housing, education, health, communities and social connections, employability and welfare rights. This strategy document provides a firm foundational framework for continuing work to make Scotland a more welcoming place for refugees and better facilitate their integration. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Scottish Government
Scottish Government (2013b) Scottish Government equality outcomes: Ethnicity evidence review This report provides a detailed account of the demographic composition and geographical location of ethnic minority groups in Scotland. Associated population trends are also explored. In addition, the report covers a range of issues including housing (and homelessness), social and cultural life, health and social care, relative poverty (including in-work poverty, financial security and the impact of welfare reform), the use of public transport (drawing attention to a need for provision of information in a range of languages), employment (including self-employment and pay gaps). The report identifies issues that affect ethnic minority children’s educational attainment, explorations of language acquisition, the post-school destination of ethnic minority children, further and higher education and workforce composition are all discussed. The subjects of justice (both in terms of access to and employment within the system) and demographics of the prison population are also tackled. In addition, findings on racially-motivated crime and attitudes to racial discrimination are presented and official data on recorded incidents are included. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government