Experiences of social security and prospects for long term settlement in Scotland amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union 2014-2016

Kay, Rebecca and Flynn, Moya and Shubin, Sergei and Trevena, Paulina and Porteous, Holly and Claire, Needler and Olga, Tkach (2021). Experiences of social security and prospects for long term settlement in Scotland amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union 2014-2016. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852584

This project studies perspectives and experiences of 'social security' amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland. Through its long-term and deep engagement with migrant communities in a number of urban and rural sites, including 2 large cities, a number of smaller towns and remote rural locations, the project delivers significant new and original empirical data, and has generated new academic insight through an innovative synthesis of existing theoretical frameworks. Moreover, the project develops practical and policy outcomes and solutions through the use of participatory action research. A first phase of in-depth qualitative research identified key themes and areas of concern, drawing particularly on migrants’ own experiences and perspectives. This was followed by the phase of participatory action research, during which the project team worked directly with migrants, migrant organisations, policymakers, service providers and employers to develop practical projects addressing particular issues. The process of developing these projects was underpinned by short, medium and long-term goals relating to the determination of 'best practice', and the potential for replication in broader local, regional and national contexts.

Data description (abstract)

The data was gathered during fieldwork which took place between February 2014 and August 2016, and involved the collection of 207 in-depth interviews with migrants across both urban and rural locations. In recruiting participants, we focused upon those who had been resident in Scotland for more than one and less than ten years. 59 expert interviews were conducted with a range of stakeholders: representatives of local councils, service providers, migrant associations, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) practitioners and employers.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Kay Rebecca University of Glasgow
Flynn Moya University of Glasgow
Shubin Sergei Swansea University
Trevena Paulina University of Glasgow
Porteous Holly Swansea University
Claire Needler Swansea University
Olga Tkach Swansea University
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/J007374/1
Topic classification: Social welfare policy and systems
Labour and employment
Society and culture
Project title: Experiences of Social Security and Prospects for Long Term Settlement in Scotland amongst Migrants from Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union
Grant holders: Rebecca Kay
Project dates:
4 November 20133 November 2018
Date published: 21 Nov 2018 11:24
Last modified: 22 Feb 2021 09:52

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