Scotlands History

New Scots

It’s often said that Scotland’s greatest export has been her people. Scots have emigrated around the world to start new lives. In the 20th and 21st centuries Scotland has become home to New Scots - immigrants from around the globe who have come to live and work in Scotland, to raise children and grand children.

Scotland is home to a thriving Asian community. Huge cultural events including the Edinburgh and Glasgow Melas celebrate Asian culture, arts, music, dance and food, while the Dussehra Hindu Festival on Calton Hill attracts thousands every year.

Poland joined the European Union in 2004 and many young Poles decided to come to Scotland to live and work. Scots Universities and the Edinburgh Festival attract people from around the world - some decide to stay.

Scotland is home to men, women and children from Australia and Africa, the Caribbean and the Czech Republic, Somalia and Spain, Iran and Italy - and to their children and their children's children.

New Scots have made unique contributions to Scotland - helping to make Scotland a vibrant, diverse nation.

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