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New Scots

Scotland’s Immigrant Communities since 1945

Edited by Tom M. Devine, Angela McCarthy

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First ever book-length study of Scotland’s immigrant communities since 1945

This is the first wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary overview of immigration to Scotland in recent history and its impact on both the newcomers and the host society. It examines key themes relating to postwar migration by showcasing the experiences of many of Scotland’s most striking immigrant communities of people arriving from England, Poland, India, Pakistan, China, the Caribbean and the African continent. New Scots also features analysis of asylum seekers and refugees, along with Jewish and Roma migrants, and includes a chapter on migrant voting patterns during the Independence Referendum of 2014.

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List of Illustrations and Tables
Contributor Biographies
1. Introduction: Scotland’s New Immigrants, T.M. Devine and Angela McCarthy
2. Invisible Migrants? English People in Modern Scotland, T.M. Devine
3. ‘New’ Jews in Scotland since 1945, Nicholas J. Evans and Angela McCarthy
4. The Migration and Settlement of Pakistanis and Indians, Stefano Bonino
5. Immigration to Scotland from Overseas: The Experience of Nurses, Ima Jackson
6. Polish Diaspora or Polish Migrant Communities? Polish Migrants in Scotland, 1945-2015, Emilia Piętka-Nykaza
7. Education and the Social Mobility of Chinese Families in Scotland, Eona Bell
8. African Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Tales of Settling in Scotland, 2000-2015, Teresa Piacentini
9. ‘Race’, Place and Territorial Stigmatisation: The Construction of Roma Migrants in and through Govanhill, Scotland, Ashli Mullen
10. Migration, Engagement and Constitutional Preferences: Evidence from the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, Ailsa Henderson, Chris Carman, Rob Johns and James Mitchell
11. Immigration to Scotland since 1945: The Global Context, Enda Delaney

About the Author

T. M. Devine is Sir William Fraser Professor Emeritus of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh. Author and editor of many books on Scottish history and related subjects, he is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 2014 he was knighted for services to the study of Scottish history and he is the only historian to have been awarded the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, by the HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Angela McCarthy is Professor of Scottish and Irish History at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is the editor of A Global Clan (2006) and author of Personal Narratives of Irish and Scottish Migration, 1921-65 (2007) and Scottishness and Irishness in New Zealand since 1840 (2011).


'Multi-layered and empirically well-informed...this accessible collection deserves to be read by all concerned with the changing make-up of Scottish society, from Holyrood to local councils and voluntary organisations.'
- Process North

This book tells the story of Scotland’s transformation, how we changed from being a nation of emigrants to one of immigrants. Having to come to terms with the ‘other’, teaches us what it means to be Scottish today, for the boundaries between ‘them’ and ‘us’ constantly changes. It is a remarkable story.

- David McCrone, The University of Edinburgh

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