Last Updated: Monday, June 29, 2020

Myths of immigration - Resources to tackle racism and discrimination

What is this?

​This series of three booklets, produced by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), provides guidance to practitioners on challenging the myths and misunderstandings related to immigration.

The booklets are aimed at a range of age groups from early years to further education. A rights-based approach to migrants and refugees is taken.

Who is this for?

​Early years, primary, secondary and further education practitioners.

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How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

The aim of this resource is to support open, honest conversations about immigration and to counter some of the misinformation that has spread in recent years, particularly in some sections of the media.

It should be used in the context of a broader anti-racist education programme, and may assist establishments to meet their legal obligations to promote equality and tackle discrimination based on race and religion.

The booklets follow broadly similar formats and include background information for teachers covering:

  • Language and definitions;
  • Scale of the issue;
  • Legal context;
  • Historical context;
  • Policy context.

There are practical ideas for exploring the topic of immigration in the classroom or as a whole school/setting, along with a useful table of myths and facts.

Improvement questions

  • To what extent do we use whole setting approaches or class settings to explore issues related to racism?
  • To what extent do we celebrate diversity of race, religion and cultures?
  • As practitioners, do we support young people to question media content and potential bias?