SSAMIS Polish Association

Our outputs and findings try to reflect migrant voices and prespectives on various issues such as the role of language, settlement and rural experience, migrant realities and schooling. Our current findings are presented in our reports, working papers and presentations.

Reports and publications for policy and practice

SSAMIS Draft Report: Healthcare and migrant experiences 

This report is based on our findings from interviews with over 200 migrants and 60 experts across Scotland. Migrants were interviewed on a range of topics including their experience of local services (e.g. education, healthcare, libraries); welfare provision; reasons for settlement; and family life. The report explains overall findings related to healthcare, followed by a number of Aberdeen/shire specific findings.

SSAMIS Draft Report - Healthcare and migrant experiences

Second Interim Report: Living and Working in Scotland: Employment, Housing, Family and Community

This second interim report is based on an analysis of our findings and focuses on the key areas of: Employment; Housing; Family Issues and Community Initiatives. It will be of interest to a range of stakeholders and service providers including local authorities, community planning partners, ESOL practitioners, migrant associations etc.

SSAMIS Second Interim Report: Employment, Housing, Family and Community

SSAMIS Interim Report

The interim report is based on a preliminary analysis of our findings and will be of interest to a range of stakeholders and service providers including local authorities, community planning partners, ESOL practitioners, migrant associations etc. 

SSAMIS Interim Report 

SSAMIS Age and Social Isolation

This report is in reponse to a public inquiry by the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament. The main finding outlines that the experience of lonliness among new migrants is very common, regardless of people's age. 

SSAMIS Age and Social Isolation

Working Papers and Presentations

Presentation: Securities/insecurities and EU citizenship: attitudes of residents from Central and Eastern Europe to the two Referendums

University of West of Scotland seminar ‘Migration and citizenship’, Paisley, 2nd September 2016 

This presentation discusses the attitudes of migrants from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) living in Scotland towards two recent referendums: the Scottish Independence Referendum and the EU Referendum. We look at the reasons for CEE migrants’ participation (or its lack) in the Scottish Independence Referendum, and what motivated them to vote for or against the independence of Scotland, focusing on how these related to feelings of (in)security. We further also consider the impact of ‘Brexit’ on these and CEE migrants’ consequent behaviours. 

Presentation: Securities/insecurities and EU citizenship: attitudes of residents

Presentation: Community Engagement Activities

'Living and Working Together in Scotland',Community Engagement Activities, Swansea University 

This presentation outlines the community engagement activities that have developed during the participatory action research phase of Ssamis.

Working with participants and stakeholders to address key issues, including the need for informal ESOL provision, and a need for a community space to promote integration and combat loneliness and isolation, we developed and trialled community cafés that are evolving into regular language cafés. To prioritise the often hidden migrant perspective, creative methodologies including exhibition design and film-making enable migrants to represent themselves. Partnership working and joint fundraising builds sustainability into these initiatives.

Presentation: Living and Working Together in Scotland; Community Engagement

Presentation: Settlement Choices of CEE Families in Scotland

‘International Conference: Troubling Times for Europe? Families, Migration and Politics’, Institute of Sociology, Jagellonian University, Krakow, June 2016

This presentation draws on our in-depth ethnographic research with migrants across the study locations to explore experiences of migration and settlement as open-ended processes, influenced by and productive of intersecting emotional and material aspects of ‘social security’. It examines the ways in which CEE migrants make decisions about arrival to and longer-term stays in Scotland and considers how these intersect with wider family relations and responsibilities. 

Presentation: Settlement Choices of CEE Families in Scotland

Presentation: CEE Migrants in Scotland: Realities of Everyday Life and Attitudes towards Schooling

Scottish EAL Co-ordinating Council (SEALCC) FCM, Stirling, 17th May 2016

This presentation discusses the family background of schoolchildren from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) living in Scotland and how parental experiences of CEE education systems shape their attitudes towards and expectations of schooling in the UK.

Presentation: Migrant Realities & Schooling

Presentation: Migration, Security and Settlement of CEE migrants in Scotland: The Importance and Role of Language

Languages, Refugees and Migration Research Roundtable Event, University of Glasgow, 12th December 2015

The presentation focuses on how (limited) knowledge of English impacts on the everyday lives’ of migrants and the future opportunities. It also discusses the barriers to language learning they face.

Presentation: The Importance and Role of Language

Presentation: Engaging with the welfare system in Scotland: CEE migrants’ experiences

Workshop: Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform; Olympia Building, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, 11th November 2015.

In this presentation we discuss how migrants from Central and Eastern Europe engage with the Scottish/UK welfare system: attitudes towards it, benefits accessed most commonly, and issues around social housing.  We also consider the impact of Welfare Reform on EU citizens. 

Presentation: CEE migrants’ engagement with the Scottish welfare system

Presentation: Emerging Participatory Action Research Initiatives in the Field

‘Youth and Society: in the Search for new solidarities’, Centre for Youth Studies, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia, October 2015

The presentation explores the use of more participatory methods in research with migrant communities, drawing on the experiences from the SSAMIS project. It focuses on the reasons for incorporating a ‘Participatory Action Research stage in the development of the project, and discusses the initial ideas for PAR initiatives which have arisen, and the opportunities, challenges and dilemmas this has involved.

Presentation PAR Initiatives

Presentation: Migrants’ experiences of rural contexts in Angus and Aberdeenshire and implications for longer term settlement.

‘The XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, University of Aberdeen, August 2015

The presentation is based on analysis of data from the rural regions of Angus and Aberdeenshire. It explores why migrants arrive to rural regions in Scotland; how their experiences are shaped by the realities of rural life in the key areas of employment, language learning and social connections; and how do these experiences impact upon longer term plans to settle in rural regions.

Presentation: Rural Experiences and Settlement 

Presentation: How comparable are the experiences of Poles to those of other EE migrants in the UK?

Conference: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004; University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London 17-18th April 2015

So far, the Polish community has been the most researched CEE population in the UK. This presentation offers some insight into how the experiences of Poles compare with those from other CEE countries. 

Presentation: Comparing the Experiences of Poles to other EE Migrants

Presentation: Preliminary Findings of SSAMIS Project

Scottish Migrant Network meeting, Arbroath, March 2015.

This presentation outlines the background to the project and presents preliminary findings from fieldwork in Aberdeenshire and Angus with a focus on issues for policy and practice. It explores migrant experiences relating to housing, language learning, social integration, welfare, access to services and needs/gaps in provision. 

Presentation: Preliminary Findings of SSAMIS Project 

Presentation: The SSAMIS Project

September 2014

This presentation provides a general overview of the project, its background and early findings drawing largely on expert interviews with service providers, local authorities, ESOL practitioners etc. The paper focuses on challenges facing service providers and practitioners and offers some preliminary insights into the experiences of different groups of CEE migrants.

Presentation: The SSAMIS Project