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Invisible Struggles: The impact of COVID-19 on Migrant and Refugee Communities

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Nov 27, 2023 / 0 comments
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges worldwide, affecting every aspect of society. One particularly vulnerable group facing many challenges were migrants and refugees as they began the complex experience of integrating into their new communities during unprecedented times. 
 
Invisible Struggles: The impact of COVID-19 on Migrant and Refugee Communities
 

Music for Peace, Reflection, and a Cup of Tea

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Nov 20, 2023 / 0 comments

Music for Shifting Times: that is what we have chosen to call this series.

One of the ideas behind it was that music—especially the sorts of music we share with you here—can offer ways to help you reflect on these changes.

She Belongs: The Integration of Female Migrants and Refugees

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Nov 13, 2023 / 0 comments

Migrant and refugee women across the globe face a number of challenges, often intensified by their gender, including workplace discrimination, domestic violence, and a lack of language proficiency. These are just some of the many obstacles these women face throughout their journey of integrating.

It is imperative to recognise that that what women migrants and refugees are faced with are often a result of systemic and societal factors in their host country. 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: A Path Forward

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Nov 06, 2023 / 0 comments

It’s November: the time of full speed ahead. The holiday break is in sight, but there seems like there’s always more to do, more decisions to be made, more work to be done, and needing to have a more focused approach. Whether you feel like huddling under a blanket in your self-sufficient pillow fort or forging ahead with the force of a bullet train, sometimes the world doesn’t give us a choice—and the only thing left to do is the next right thing. 

What that is is anybody’s guess. It will be unequivocally different for every single one of us. 

Forth Valley Welcome: Promoting Inclusivity and Community Spirit for New Scots

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Nov 04, 2023 / 0 comments

The promotion of inclusivity and building a strong community is extremely important in our incredibly interconnected and diverse world. Imagine you have just arrived in your new country, Scotland, after looking for safety by fleeing your home country.

You are unsure where to start with language, employment, education, groceries, housing, and cultural integration. 

Human Rights and Migrant Integration: A Compendium

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Oct 24, 2023 / 0 comments

Migrant integration is a multifaceted process which involves the social, cultural, economic, and political incorporation of migrants into their host society. Central to the process of migrant integration is the recognition and protection of the human rights of individuals, regardless of their migration status or citizenship.

Human Rights and Migrant Integration: A Compendium

Insider Overview: Ukrainian migrant integration in Scotland

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Oct 17, 2023 / 0 comments
In a world marked by uncertainty and discord, families across the UK are welcoming Ukrainian families into their homes, serving as a shining example of compassion and solidarity
 
Insider Overview: Ukrainian migrant integration in Scotland
 

Autumn's Music: Reflection, Community, and Connection

by Kerry Dexter /
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Oct 16, 2023 / 0 comments

It’s early autumn at the time of writing. A time when it may be good to be outside; a time when weather or circumstance may invite you inside.

A time for reflection, whether gathering in community or staying on one’s own.

Autumn's Music: Reflection, Community, and Connection

Children’s Human Rights: An Overview

by Sophia Newton /
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Oct 13, 2023 / 0 comments

How do you feel as a person when you are mistreated and disrespected? Terrible, I believe. 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Life lessons from a paddleboard

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Oct 02, 2023 / 0 comments

“It (neuroplasticity) refers to the physiological changes in the brain that happen as the result of our interactions with our environment. From the time the brain begins to develop in utero until the day we die, the connections among the cells in our brains reorganize in response to our changing needs. This dynamic process allows us to learn from and adapt to different experiences.” 
- Celeste Campbell (n.d.).

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