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PKAVS - Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (2013) Annual Report The PKAVS (2013) Annual Report provides an update of the organisation’s income and expenditure and a wonderful insight into some of the work the charity undertakes supporting local people in need. Ethnic minorities are among those in receipt of support. The report details the activities that PKAVS undertake; for example, the Carers’ Services which supports those caring for elderly, sick or disabled partners or family members in addition to providing information and advice on carers’ rights. Activities undertaken by their service for Minority Ethnic Communities (MEAD) are discussed in the report, these have increased by 270% on the previous year. Eastern European migrants have made the most frequent use of MEAD’s services but a sizable number of Chinese and South Asian members of the community have also accessed MEAD. In addition to an update on the organisation’s Mental Wellbeing;Services and the activities of Voluntary Action Perthshire, the report gives details of the social-cultural activities and events designed to raise funds as well as bringing the multi-cultural community of Perth and Kinross together. Read More Visit site Free Perth and Kinross Third sector
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
Poole (2010) National Action Plans for social inclusion and A8 migrants: The case of the Roma in Scotland Set in the context of EU enlargement and inclusion policy, Poole (2010) examines the exclusion and marginalisation experienced by Roma migrants in Scotland. The author argues that Roma exclusion will continue while legislative and structural barriers persist. These barriers prohibit full participation in Scottish society and prevent Roma from making a full social contribution. These obstacles are compounded further by evident discrimination and racism, which inhibits policy implementation and prevents service providers from meeting the welfare needs of Scotland’s Roma community. These factors also negatively impact community cohesion. See also Poole and Adamson (2008) for a Glasgow based study of the Roma community, Scottish Government (2013b) for their review of equality and ethnicity in Scotland, Bromley et al. (2007) on research which asked participants in Scotland about their attitudes to discrimination, and for a study of Scottish public attitudes towards migration see McCollum et al. (2014). De Lima (2012) discusses migration, equality and discrimination within the context of social justice. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Poole and Adamson (2008) Report on the situation of the Roma community in Govanhill, Glasgow This report by Poole and Adamson (2008) is published by Oxfam and jointly funded by the Glasgow South East Community Health and Care Partnership. The research underscores the position of the Roma as Europe’s most vulnerable and deprived ethnic group. The report concentrates on the Slovak Roma community living in Glasgow’s Govanhill area. The authors urge key stakeholders to continue to recognise the distinct needs of this social group, while also acknowledging that so doing should not be at the expense of others within the community. As such, the authors advocate targeted initiatives aimed at the Roma community alongside development of community-wide services. Communication emerges as key to persuading Roma that community initiatives are for their benefit. The Scottish Government also has a role to play in clearly communicating the message of Roma rights and ethnic minority status to the Scottish public. The Roma community are particularly disadvantaged in the areas of health, housing and education, These issues are devolved thus the report recommends that the Scottish Government should play a more central role in addressing inequalities associated with them. Also see Poole (2010) for an examination of the exclusion and marginalisation experienced by Roma migrants in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free EU Glasgow City Third sector
Quickfall (2004) Developing a model for culturally competent primary care nursing for asylum applicants and refugees in Scotland: A review of the literature This paper by Quickfall (2004) presents the author’s five-step model of primary care nursing for refugee and asylum seekers in Scotland. Previously published literature has focused primarily on secondary care. The author develops and presents a model which is ‘culturally competent’. The model is intended to address a previous lack of cultural competence and address issues such as racism and discrimination within the NHS. This review reflects the difficulties faced by those seeking asylum or refugee status in Scotland. This group is not ethnically homogenous and its members are often marginalised and disadvantaged particularly when it comes to accessing welfare and care systems. For more on this topic, see Quickfall (2010) which builds on the content of this paper. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Journal article
Quickfall (2010) Cross-cultural promotion of health: A partnership process? Principles and factors involved in the culturally competent community based nursing care of asylum applicants in Scotland Quickfall (2010) presents findings from an investigation of factors which contribute to culturally competent nursing care for those seeking asylum in Scotland. The study found partnership processes were necessary in order to ensure that appropriate ‘person centred’ care was delivered to asylum applicants. This approach was also needed to facilitate equality of access to health services. Facilitating asylum applicants’ adaptation to their new Scottish environment requires the provision of socially inclusive and non-discriminatory services. The study utilised a wide range of methods to gather data, these included interviews and observation of asylum applicants and nursing staff in Glasgow. Overall, the study underlines the important role of community nursing. The research also set out some guidelines for best practice and suggests areas in need of further investigation. Also see Quickfall (2004). Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker Glasgow City, Scotland Doctoral thesis
Quinn et al. (2011) An evaluation of the Sanctuary Community Conversation programme to address mental health stigma with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow This report by Quinn et al (2011) evaluates the community conversations project which was set up to engage with Glasgow’s asylum seeker and refugee communities to improve understanding of mental health, increase help seeking, promote recovery and address the stigma associated with mental illness. The report presents the key findings from the project, and a discussion of the implications and recommendations which emanate from the analysis. This report reflects the increased numbers of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and will be of value to a wide range of parties interested in addressing the mental health needs of this vulnerable group. See also a study by Knifton (2012) which explores the beliefs, stigma and the effectiveness of national mental health campaigns for Scotland’s Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities, and Levecque and Van Rossem (2014) which looks at how migrant mental health may potentially be affected by integration policies. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Glasgow City Public sector
Rice et al. (2004) National “English for Speakers of Other Languages” (ESOL) Strategy: mapping exercise and scoping study Rice et al. (2004) authored a Scottish Government commissioned study which explores issues faced by non-English speakers and their teachers within an educational context. The study provides a qualitative resource drawing on discussions and interviews with a wide range of participants. The report’s key findings include the recognition that there are long waiting lists for those wishing to enrol on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. In addition, there is a critical need for more qualified teaching staff and a lack of childcare facilities for parent-learners. The study also draws attention to the success of a number of small scale projects which have helped skilled migrants to gain their English proficiency certificates and to improve their employment prospects. Also see Rice et al. (2008) relating to publically funded courses, Weedon et al. (2011) for a workplace context, Wells (2012) for ESOL in the Outer Hebrides, Beadle and Silverman (2007) for a study which incorporates provider and learner perspectives and Learning Link Scotland (2007) for a study of the voluntary sector. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government
Rice et al. (2008) Do hours matter? The relationship between motivation and study intensity in learners of English in Scotland Rice et al. (2008) analyse national survey data pertaining to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners enrolled on publically funded courses. The study compares the number of hours invested by ESOL learners and what motivates their decision to attend full or part-time classes. The study also considers the overall commitment in terms of number of classroom hours attended that each student is prepared to make. Rice et al. (2008) find that differences in learner motivation and aspiration inform these choices. Childcare or employment issues can influence choice, but decisions are also influenced by the desire to learn. The implications of the findings for course providers are also discussed. The authors identify the need for more flexibility in terms of class hours and times, for provision of childcare in order to allow ESOL migrants to fully engage in Scottish society both economically and socially. Also see an earlier scoping study by Rice et al. (2004) on ESOL strategy. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
RITeS (2008) Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland: Research report This report is the culmination of a two-year period of research conducted as part of the Refugees Into Teaching in Scotland Project (RITeS) which engaged with refugee teachers in the West of Scotland. Although the report recognises the distinction between refugees and asylum seekers, they are not differentiated for the purposes of the study. Instead, the term ‘refugee’ is used throughout the study. The report includes discussion of the demographic profile of refugee teachers and teachers’ experiences and their expectations. There follows an exploration of methodologies and curricula employed in refugee teachers’ countries of origin. This exploration allows the researchers to identify any specific training or support needs that this group of professional migrants may have. The report also provides guidelines on the facilitation of good practice to promote the integration of refugee and asylum seeking professionals in Scotland. Also see the study by Smyth and Kum (2010) which examines the issues faced by teachers who are either refugees or asylum seekers in Scotland. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Third sector