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Connecting Scotland's Worldwide Diaspora


The SNP Government has published a new framework to strengthen Scotland’s engagement with global connections - outlining commitments to Scotland’s global communities and recognising the benefits of international collaboration for both Scotland and the diaspora across the world.


The Scottish Connections Framework seeks to expand links and networks with:

• Scottish people living elsewhere in the world • Those with Scottish heritage • People who previously lived in Scotland, including alumni • Individuals with professional, business, cultural or other links to Scotland


As part of the Framework, a number of projects will be expanded or launched including a Scottish Connections Challenge Fund to support initiatives that promote Scotland’s reputation and interests.


A new recognition award to highlight the achievements of Scottish diaspora internationally will also be launched and an external advisory group will be established to shape proposed and future work with the diaspora.


Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:


“Recent research suggested that upwards of 40 million people across the world consider themselves to have Scottish heritage but the approach set out in Scottish Connections goes far beyond bloodlines.


“Recognising and engaging our diaspora is an objective in itself – not a means to an end. Scotland’s diaspora and our Scottish Connections are an extension of Scotland – our living bridge with people, organisations and communities around the world."


Ahead of the launch, External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson MSP said:


“Publishing this Framework will unlock many opportunities for Scots and those connected to Scotland across the world.


“Connecting with our international diaspora will enable us to learn from their skills, experiences and achievements.


“I look forward to discussing the Framework in detail with our friends and partners in New York City as part of the 25th anniversary of Tartan Week – itself a leading global event to celebrate Scotland’s contributions to the world.”


You can read more about the framework here:

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