Gordon MP Welcomes Scottish Diaspora Engagement Plan

Gordon MP Welcomes Scottish Diaspora Engagement Plan

Published date : 13 April, 2023


Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed a new strategy aimed at enhancing and deepening ties amongst Scotland’s global diaspora community.    

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

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

The Framework helps to outline commitments to Scotland’s global communities and recognises the benefits of international collaboration for both Scotland and our diaspora across the world.  

A number of existing projects will be expanded, and new ones launched as part of the Framework - including a Scottish Connections Challenge Fund to support initiatives that promote Scotland’s reputation and interests.  


Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:  

“Scotland has a huge diaspora in communities and countries across the world, and I’m delighted to see a targeted and strategic approach to engagement.  Many famous North-east residents have gone out into the world and achieved great things.      

“Recent figures point to around 40 million people worldwide who claim some Scottish heritage, but I’m pleased to see the approach as outlined in the Framework goes far beyond familial ties.  Further investment and focus on these links can only serve to strengthen international bonds, as well as promote cultural and economic development.”  




Note: The Framework can be found here.  

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