At home abroad: The life experiences of children of Eastern European migrant workers in Scotland

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Counselling

Abstract

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Description This project aimed to provide a unique understanding of the experiences of Eastern European
children settling in Scotland since 2004 as a result of their parents' migration for work purposes.
It explored the effect of family migration on children's lives, their family and peer relationships,
and sense of identity. It also aimed to identify the main challenges children were faced with after
migration, their coping strategies in response to the new social and institutional environments
and their views on public and private services available to them.
Data was collected through focus groups and family case studies, using child-centred research
methods. In total, 57 children from 10 Eastern European countries participated in focus groups
and 22 in-depth family case studies were completed. In addition, 19 interviews were carried out
with service providers (education, leisure, health) working with migrant families and 120 teachers
participated in small group discussions.
Findings revealed that despite their lack of agency in the migration process, children showed great
adaptability skills and adjusted well to life in Scotland, learning English and making new friends.
Their experiences varied considerably, depending on their family circumstances and their own
resilience. School was the main service accessed by migrant children, and enjoying school and
feeling accepted were key to their general experience of migration. Whilst political debate and
policy has focussed on restrictions on new migrants, a more positive and coherent approach is
needed to provide support and appropriate services for new migrant groups, especially children.
Exploitation Route The project findings provide insights
for practitioners working with migrant groups, policy makers and the general public on how children deal with family migration and
resettlement and can be used to raise awareness of teachers and other professionals on the support
young people require and how they can enhance young people's opportunities for
inclusion and civic participation. They can also be used to inform debates on migration and young people's experiences of relocation.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education

URL http://www.migrantchildren.net
 
Description The project has had wide societal impact through raising public awareness on the lived experiences of Eastern European migrant children who follow their families abroad and whose experiences has been generally absent from the literature on migration or public debate on migration. It gave the young participants a voice and recognition that their experiences are shared and also recognised the difficulties they are faced with, while also giving them an opportunity to offer ideas on how provision can be improved to support migrant families with children, who are not asylum seekers or refugees. It also engaged with public policy debates and discussions on the agency of migrant children, opportunities for integration and services available, as well as the long-term impact of children's migration on their identity, sense of belonging, family and peer relationships and participation in the civic society. Finally, the project provided insights to practitioners and policy makers on how children deal with family migration and resettlement and raised the awareness of teachers and other professionals on the support young people require and how they can enhance young people's opportunities for inclusion and civic participation.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Migrant children's access to services- issues for policy
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
Impact The presentation allowed members of the group to become familiar with the findings from the research conducted with Eastern European families and its implications for policy and practice. Membership of the group included representatives from the Scottish Government, local authorities, local councillors, representatives from the UKBA and COSLA.
 
Description At Home Abroad Exhibition- Radio programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A radio interview for IRISS Radio- An internet radio for Scotland's social services



http://irissfm.iriss.org.uk/episode/030

Increased requests for presentations and report findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://irissfm.iriss.org.uk/episode/030
 
Description At home abroad : Eastern European children's experiences after migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation given at 'Children, Families and Migration Experience: opportunities and challenges conference' (ESRC sponsored)

Follow up publication and increased requests for research report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.migrantchildren.net
 
Description At home abroad: Children's exhibition on migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An arts exhibition on migration which took place at Scotland Street School Museum in Glasgow, between 1st December 2012-3rd February 2013.

Over 10,000 people visited the exhibition, which aimed to challenge negative views on migration and migrants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.migrantchildren.net
 
Description At home abroad: Experiences of migration and intercultural activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event at the annual conference of Scottish Association for teachers of English as an additionsl language (SATEAL)

Teachers said they will use the project findings to inform their practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Delivering services for new migrant families in times of austerity: challenges for policy and practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event for academics, policy makers, service providers, to focus on policy interventions and improved practice.

Practitioners using the project findings in their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Delivering services for new migrant families in times of austerity: challenges for policy and practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event for academics, policy makers, service providers

Policy makers and practitioners said that information will support their further activities in relation to migrant groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Eastern European children and young people's experiences of migration in Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation given at Youth Studies Conference: New Agendas on Youth and Young Adulthood, Glasgow, 8th-10th April 2013

Presentation lead to further collaborations with academics and non-academic partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Eastern European migrant children's access to services in Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation of a paper titled "Eastern European migrant children's access to services in Scotland "

Not recorded
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Launch of 'Guide for migrant parents on services in Scotland' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event for families in Glasgow

Families using the Guide to get information on services available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.migrantchildren.net
 
Description Launch of 'Guide for migrant parents on services in Scotland' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event for families in Glasgow

Parents of newly arrived migrant children using the document for information on how to access services,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.migrantchildren.net
 
Description Migrant children in Scotland: Sharing good practice in supporting new migrant groups 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference for academics, service providers and migrants

Improved practice in working with migrant groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Migrant children in Scotland: Sharing good practice in supporting new migrant groups 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference for academics, service providers and migrants

Practitioners from a range of services receiving information on support migrant families need and being challenged to reflect on their practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Migrant children in Scotland: Sharing good practice in supporting new migrant groups 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference for academics, service providers and migrants

Improved practice in supporting migrant groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Supporting migrant children through services 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop for practitioners from public, private and voluntary organisations working with migrant families

Practitioners said they will use the learning from the workshop in their practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.migrantchildren.net
 
Description Supporting migrant children through services- Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event for practitioners and managers from services working with migrant families

Increased awareness of migrant children's views and experiences- improvement in practice expected.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Using the GIRFEC framework to deliver better services for migrant children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event for practitioners, service providers and managers in Glasgow area

Participants receiving information on support migrant families need and encouraged to reflect on own practice and implement evidence in their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Using visual methodologies in research with migrant children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation of paper titled "Using visual methodologies in research with migrant children"

Not recorded
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description http://www.migrantchildren.net website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A website providing information on research conducted with Eastern European migrant children in Scotland and their families and the events planned to promote better service delivery for migrant families.

Not recorded
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.migrantchildren.net