The impact of migration in the UK on the South West

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A presentation from the UK partners on the effect of immigration on the South West of England. Presented in Italy 2009 as part of The Comenius project

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The impact of migration in the UK on the South West

  1. 1. United Kingdom Perspective <ul><li>What is ‘True British?’ </li></ul><ul><li>Our whole history is linked with the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Our culture has been very mixed throughout our history. </li></ul><ul><li>Changes within the world and Europe have raised many issues. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Impact of Migration on the South West of England
  3. 3. <ul><li>The South West has shown the fastest population growth than any other English region due to migration. </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest % change in migration has been in rural areas – Polish, Slovakians, Lithuanians. </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly tourist workers. </li></ul>
  4. 4. In contrast, Somerset has mainly Portuguese and Polish communities <ul><li>Community groups have been set up to help with integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Migrant workers make strong positive contributions to the regions economy . </li></ul><ul><li>Some sections have benefited eg agriculture, care homes, tourism, attendance to RC church. </li></ul><ul><li>Philipinos help in care homes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Challenges due to migration <ul><li>Supply and demand for language courses to teach English to migrants is very stretched </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching assistants to support Polish and Portuguese students in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Overcrowding in accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Highly skilled migrants are working in low skilled jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Some exploitation of migrants by ‘gang masters’ Only one enforcement Officer in the South West to tackle this issue. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good Practice and Strategies <ul><li>Migrant workers task group has produced detailed multi-lingual welcome packs </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible Employees scheme – makes workers aware of laws on driving etc </li></ul><ul><li>Links between police, services, probation, environmental health, housing to help cut exploitation. </li></ul><ul><li>New arrivals given advice on doctors, schools etc </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cultural Diversity in the Taunton area. <ul><li>With our Taunton schools we have a small migrant population. </li></ul><ul><li>This can cause lack of understanding, tolerance and inappropriate comments. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a Somerset policy to log all incidents of prejudice and discrimination. </li></ul><ul><li>Within our schools we try to challenge public perceptions within subjects eg RE, English, History, Citizenship, etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cultural Diversity and Religious Education. <ul><li>RE is compulsory in all UK schools. </li></ul><ul><li>We look at religious traditions and beliefs but also values, ethics and philosophy. </li></ul><ul><li>Within RE we discuss why: </li></ul><ul><li>people leave their country, particularly as refugees and asylum seekers due to conflicts and persecution. </li></ul><ul><li>the challenges they face on their journey in their search for refuge. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Up and coming projects in RE <ul><li>Discussion of the film ‘In this World’ and the issues of human trafficking, refugees and raising awareness of attitudes to these sort of people. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cultural Diversity and English <ul><li>Raising awareness of cultural diversity is an important part of the English syllabus eg in: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Poetry from Different Cultures’. </li></ul><ul><li>Using Set texts eg ‘Boy Soldier’. </li></ul><ul><li>Debating. </li></ul><ul><li>Library / multi-cultural week. </li></ul>

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