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Scottish Refugee Council (2010) – Integration Literature Review This review provides an overview of research conducted on refugee integration. The Scottish Refugee Council’s Integration Literature Review (2010) provides an accessible and very succinct resource. The review provides important clarification of the definitions which lie at the heart of academic study of refugee experiences. The report identifies the Ager and Strang (2004) model as the most suitable framework for empirical study of the topic. In addition, the efficacy of Ager and Strang’s framework is highlighted by the central position that is occupies in much of the research that is reviewed. The review concludes that the study of refugee integration is, and must continue to be, multifaceted. This is due to the broad range of social and cultural factors which impact on refugee integration. The review concludes by underscoring the need for a full comparative study of refugee integration with that of other sectors of society, both migrant and non migrant. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
Scottish Refugee Council (2013) Asylum in Scotland: The Facts This publication by the Scottish Refugee Council (2013) provides a factual guide to issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland. The Scottish Refugee Council identified the need for such information to be made available. This report is a response to misinformation found in public opinion polls where asylum is often conflated with regular immigration. In addition, public attitudes towards immigration often confuse multiple issues such as race relations, globalisation and the European Union. Alongside clarifying definitions, this review provides a short informative summary which underlines the fact that asylum seekers are principally seeking safety when they enter the host country. The report also provides accurate statistical data on asylum numbers. It exposes some of the popular misconceptions surrounding asylum as well as showing the human face of asylum seekers and refugees by sharing some of their individual stories. In sum, Asylum in Scotland: The Facts provides an accessible factual guide to the asylum system and is a welcome contribution to informed debate on asylum in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector
Shubin (2011) “Where Can a Gypsy Stop?” Rethinking mobility in Scotland Shubin (2011) provides a socio-cultural study examining how access and participation within Scottish society is impacted on by Scottish Travellers’ itinerant lifestyle. In addition, the research looks at how the Traveller way of life is portrayed. Moves to accommodate the practice of Scotland’s Traveller community (both politically and economically) are assessed through analysis of empirical research findings. As a result, Shubin (2011) is able to examine how general understandings of Traveller practice neglect key elements of their nomadic way of life. Formal definitions of travel are found to be constrictive and serve only to perpetuate Traveller marginalisation. For further studies on mobility and exclusion, see Shubin (2012a), Shubin (2012b) and Shubin and Dickey (2013). Also see Bromley et al. (2007) on Scottish attitudes to discrimination, de Lima et al. (2011) includes consideration of Traveller ethnicity within a study of ethnicity and poverty and Deuchar and Bhopal (2013) discuss how marginalisation of Traveller children can be addressed within the school environment. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Shubin (2012a) Living on the move: Mobility, religion and exclusion of Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland In this study of transnational mobility, Shubin (2012a) focuses on the importance of spirituality to Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland. The author argues that an understanding of the spirituality of the migrant group is key to bridging the social gaps created by migration. Rural institutions - including the church – often neglect this aspect of migrant identity. Recognition of the migrants’ spirituality is seen as integral to tackling migration-induced community division and, to the construction of new social environments. Also see Shubin (2012b) which finds that churches’ failure to consider the complexities of migration experiences of Eastern European migrants is inhibiting integration and Shubin and Dickey (2013) who explore the interplay between migrant mobility and employment of Eastern European workers across Scotland. Also see Shubin (2011) on the impact of an itinerant lifestyle and Deuchar and Bhopal (2013) on addressing marginalisation within the school environment. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Shubin (2012b) The Church and mobility: Dealing with the exclusion of Eastern European migrants in Rural Scotland Shubin (2012b) argues that rural institutions and the church often fail to recognise the complexities of migration as experienced by Eastern European migrants to Scotland. As a result, these institutions can be slow to recognise and support migrants’ needs. This failure can inhibit integration and lead to exclusion. The research takes account of the intricacies of migrants’ wider social links alongside their own support strategies and networks. The article provides an interesting account of ways in which the church in Scotland might explore its own role in the process of encouraging migrant inclusion. In addition, the church, together with other rural institutions, can make pro-active changes which would demonstrate an appreciation of the migrant experience. Ultimately, such steps could empower marginalised communities in Scotland’s rural areas. Also see the study by Shubin (2012a) which focuses on the importance of spirituality to Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Shubin and Dickey (2013) Integration and mobility of Eastern European migrants in Scotland This study of migrant integration challenges existing social policy frameworks by drawing attention to the different patterns of working and living being generated by migrant mobility. With a focus on Eastern European workers, Shubin and Dickey (2013) explore the interplay between migrant mobility and employment across Scotland. As a result, the authors offer a reconceptualised view of integration which takes account of these novel patterns. Their analysis of migrant movement, employment and integration rests on their analysis of survey and interview data. See also Shubin (2012a) which examines the mobility of Eastern European Migrants in the context of religion and exclusion in rural Scotland and similarly Shubin (2012b) which finds that the church fails to adequately consider the complexities of Eastern European migration experiences. In turn, this failure hinders integration. See Trevena et al. (2013) who examine patterns and determinants of internal mobility among post-accession Polish migrants. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Journal article
Sim and Bowes (2007) Asylum Seekers in Scotland: The accommodation of diversity With a focus on the city of Glasgow, Sim and Bowes (2007) explore the experience of asylum seekers who arrived in the city as a result of the UK Government's dispersal policy. The authors provide contextual background which shows that, in 2001, Glasgow was far less ethnically diverse than other major cities in England. By 2004, however, numbers of asylum seekers in the city far exceeded those of any other local authority in the UK. Against this backdrop, Sim and Bowes (2007) explore the question of whether or not it is possible for Glasgow to function as a new centre of multiculturalism which is conducive to the long term settlement of asylum seekers. Given the city’s limited experience of multiculturalism, the authors seek to understand the conditions that need to be in place in order to aid this process. In their analysis, Sim and Bowes (2007) incorporate information gathered through interviews with asylum seekers. The authors also include the views of service providers, and community and voluntary organisations. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker Glasgow City Journal article
Sime et al. (2010) At Home Abroad: The life experiences of Eastern European migrant children in Scotland This report, brings to the fore the experiences of migrant children, giving them a voice which otherwise goes unheard. Their valuable input provides a useful tool for the improvement of service provision for migrant children and their families. The study reveals that although children do not contribute to the family decision to migrate, migrant children emerge as facilitators and mediators post-migration. Children play a crucial role for their families, helping adults to access services and construct new social networks following arrival. In effect migrant children begin playing the role of cultural brokers. The study also found that children were happy with their experiences of education. This satisfaction (and other beneficial opportunities associated with migration) was central to the decision that migrant parents made to remain in Scotland or return to the country of origin. The report concludes that migrant children’s successful transition is a vital factor that policy makers must consider when bidding to attract and retain skilled migrants. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Academic research
Siraj (2009) The construction of the homosexual ‘other’ by British Muslim heterosexuals Siraj (2009) employs interview data gathered from heterosexual male and female Muslims, to explore their attitudes towards homosexuality along with their perceptions of gender. The study participants all resided in Glasgow, and identified themselves as ethnically Pakistani, Iraqi, Indian, British, Egyptian, and Moroccan. In view of the denunciation of homosexuality in Islamic theology (which the author contends has fuelled a tendency towards homophobia amongst Muslims) the participants’ responses were analysed in an attempt to find out whether or not their views had been shaped by their Islamic values and beliefs. During this process the author considered factors such as the age of participants, their gender, level of education and their individual level of religiosity. This analysis then contributed to the attempt to explore the influence of such factors on respondents’ attitudes. Siraj (2009) found that negative attitudes towards homosexuals were prevalent among the interviewees. These views resulted from religiously conservative views of gender and homosexuality which stemmed from theologically based homophobia. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2010) “Because I’m the man! I’m the head”: British married Muslims and the patriarchal family structure This study by Siraj (2010) explores how married Muslim couples in Glasgow employ religion in to reproduce patriarchal family structures and gendered identities. Siraj (2010) examines participants’ views of such hierarchal structures. The author also explores how, as husband and wife, the couples negotiate their roles and how the role of ‘head of the family’ is constructed. The author reviews previous studies of Muslim masculinities in a UK context and includes clarification of the meaning of sex, gender and masculinity for the respondents. The research also seeks to understand how respondents differentiate gender roles accordingly. The author identifies the Qur’an as the source for the justification for the dominant position of men in the Muslim family unit and an interesting discussion on these discourses is included in this paper. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender, see also Hopkins (2004), Hopkins (2009), Siraj (2009), Siraj (2011a), and Siraj (2014). Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article