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Aberdeen City Council (2013) Migrant workers in Aberdeen City and Shire This document produced by Aberdeen City Council is designed to provide up to date information primarily for local council services and Community Planning partners to assist with policy development and service delivery. The document includes indicatory data on inward migration flows of migrant workers to the area, and incorporates data such as country of origin and comparative data on registrations compared with elsewhere in Scotland. In addition, the document also includes the locations of migrant workers within Aberdeen, and draws upon information gathered from National Insurance Number allocations to overseas nationals via the Department of Work and Pensions and the annual Pupils in Scotland Census – which details pupils whose main home language is not English. The analysis shows Aberdeen to be the third highest area for numbers of registered migrant workers behind only Edinburgh and Glasgow, with Aberdeenshire found to be the sixth highest. Read More Visit site Free Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City Public sector
Aspinall and Watters (2010) Refugees and asylum seekers: A review from an equality and human rights perspective Aspinall and Watters (2010) provide a comprehensive account of issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers within a number of domains including health, education and employment. The report is particularly relevant within a Scottish context as it outlines the situation found in Scotland as part of a section devoted to geographical differences within the UK. Following a brief outline of Scotland’s response to asylum seekers over past decades through the asylum dispersal programme of the UK Government and Glasgow’s principal participation, the authors provide detail of issues concerning housing; destitution; healthcare; integration of asylum seekers and refugees; children and young people; media and public attitudes, before finally touching on some of the differences found between Scottish and UK government policy. See also Ager and Strang (2010) for a study which focuses on refugee integration; Mulvey (2013); and Threadgold and Court (2005). Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Public sector
Beadle and Silverman (2007) Examining the impact of EU enlargement and the introduction of the UK citizenship test on provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Scotland Beadle and Silverman (2007) provide a comprehensive study of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in terms of both providers and learners in Scotland. The main strength of the study is the incorporation of both ESOL provider and learner perspectives, which highlights the central place of ESOL in aiding migrant integration into Scottish society. Although the study includes consideration of private provision and provision within higher education institutions, it primarily focuses on publicly funded ESOL provision, across a range of providers including colleges, the community and voluntary sectors. Beadle and Silverman (2007) not only draw attention to an increased demand for ESOL and subsequent need for further provision, but also to an increasing need for courses within Scotland’s rural areas due to recent A8 migration. In the concluding chapter, the authors reflect upon the policy implications stemming from their findings. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Scottish Government document
Brown and Danson (2008) Fresh talent or cheap labour? Accession State migrant labour in the Scottish economy Brown and Danson (2008) explore the role EU Accession States migrant workers play in Scotland’s economy. The study begins by providing background to schemes such as the now-defunct Scottish Executives Fresh Talent Initiative, before a detailed presentation of the demographics of migrant workers to Scotland and associated labour market characteristics. In addition to exploring related public policy, Brown and Danson examine the demand for migrant workers and reflect upon how they might impact upon the Scottish economy. The study highlights the reality for many migrant workers who are well qualified or skilled, yet gain only low-paid or low-skilled employment in Scotland’s labour market. The study also highlights the problematic aspect of this feature of migrant labour, that it is a barrier to long-term settlement. Although a discussion and analysis of migration in the context of the Scottish economy and labour market, the articles relevance stretches beyond Scotland, to the UK and Europe. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Journal article
COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership (2011) Policy Toolkit The COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership (2011) Policy Toolkit was developed in response to a need to counter the demographic challenges faced by Scotland’s ageing population. The authors provide a toolkit which is aimed at facilitating a more targeted and strategic local authority response to migration. The toolkit is also intended to be sufficiently flexible to enable authorities to meet the specific needs of their area. While recognising the measures local authority and community partners have already implemented, the toolkit provides local government and community planning partners with further advice on how they can benefit from migration, provide guidance on welcoming migrants into their local authority area and, how to meet service and access requirements in order to encourage long term settlement. The toolkit encourages Community Planning Partnerships to optimise the structures they have in place for the implementation of a strategic approach to migration. This toolkit will be of use to local authorities or other organisations who are working towards integration of existing migrant groups as well as to those specifically developing strategies to attract new migrants to their area. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Public sector
Danson and Jentsch (2009) The new Scottish rural labour market: processes of inclusion and exclusion Defining ‘rural’ as a settlement comprising a population of less than 3,000 people, Danson and Jentsch (2009) consider past debate surrounding the rural labour market. Previously, this market had been concerned with outward migration of Scotland’s youth in search of better employment opportunities. Danson and Jentsch update this understanding, providing a contemporary perspective that takes account of the dynamics of current inward migration to rural Scotland. Their analysis of the labour market and rural migration touches on the contrasting experiences of inclusion and exclusion. On one hand migrant workers are viewed as valued employees who help to sustain rural communities. On the other hand, they experience public negativity in terms of housing allocation and competition for employment. In essence, the authors contend that rather than developing policy centred on particular social groups, policy should be developed to address the issues that surround processes of labour market exclusion. See related studies such as Danson and Jentsch (2012); de Lima (2012); de Lima and Wright (2009). Read More Visit site £ Scotland Book
de Lima (2012) Migration, ‘race’ equality and discrimination: A question of social justice This paper by de Lima (2012) provides an overview of the background to migration discourse in Scotland. Chiefly, the paper considers the economic impact of Scotland’s ageing population. Setting the discussion within a post-devolution context, the author argues that migration policies should not be based solely on economic drivers, but that principles of social justice should also be taken into account. This must be done in order to address both discrimination towards minority groups and the host community worries about threatened livelihoods. See also Rolfe and Metcalf (2009) which highlights migration’s central place in the Scottish Government’s economic strategy and the Scottish Government (2013b) review on equality outcomes, which covers attitudes to racial discrimination. For a study on Scottish public attitudes towards migration see McCollum et al. (2014) and similarly Bromley et al. (2007).Lewis (2006) examines attitudes found in Scotland towards asylum seekers and refugees. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Book
de Lima and Wright (2009) Welcoming migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland This study underlines the distinct differences that set rural Scotland apart from the rest of the UK as far as policy-making is concerned. Rural Scotland comprises remote areas, including the highlands and islands, within a geographically diverse landscape. De Lima and Wright (2009) explore key questions about the function played by migrant workers within the region, and their impact within rural communities. The authors also explore the role public sector agencies play in addressing the needs of all – both migrant and non-migrant - within rural communities. The authors draw attention to the paradoxical character of sizable Central and Eastern European migration to Scotland’s rural areas. On the one hand this immigration has placed pressure on public services and posed challenges in terms of integration, but, on the other, it has also filled labour gaps, checked outward migration and provided the basis for the regeneration of rural areas. See also de Lima et al. (2007) and Danson and Jentsch (2009); and Danson and Jentsch (2012) for related studies. Read More Visit site £ EU Scotland Journal article
Deakins et al. (2009) Minority ethnic enterprise in Scotland Focusing on ethnic minority businesses, Deakins et al (2009) present a Scotland-wide study which analyses both interviews and statistical data and highlights the diversity of entrepreneurial experiences found across Scotland (both geographically and between business sectors). The study uncovers some of the coping strategies and innovation used by minority businesses with particular reference to attempts at diversification into new markets. Issues including racism, crime and security were found to be significant factors in determining the success of the diversification. The study calls for policy and policy implementation to improve communication and promote diversity, which the authors contend provides an important platform for business creativity and innovation. See also Deakins et al. (1997) who demonstrate that marketing strategies and networks are integral to the success of small ethic minority business and Deakins et al. (2007) a study that uncovers the complexity and relevance of social capital for ethnic minority business. For a study of Polish entrepreneurs in Scotland see Lassalle et al. (2011). Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
European Migration Network (2012) Ad-Hoc Query on Programmes for the Linguistic Integration of Immigrants The European Migration Network’s (EMN) Ad-Hoc Query on Programmes for the Linguistic Integration of Immigrants offers a useful resource for anyone wishing to gain a quick overview of policy on migrant integration in other European regions. The report details member states’ responses (including the UK) to questions on provision of national programmes for linguistic integration of both EU and non-EU migrants. The questions posed to each state cover the following areas; how programmes are funded, whether the programme provided incorporates any civic or vocational training, whether or not migrants are required to contribute financially to participate in the programme, any adaptations made for different target groups (such as illiterate or highly educated) and, whether or not the programmes are compulsory or offered on a voluntary basis. See also European Migration Network (2013). Read More Visit site Free EU, Non-EU UK, EU EU Document