The Scots in England: a different type of diaspora?

Murray Leith, Duncan Sim

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There is a growing interest in the Scottish diaspora, with the Scottish Government keen to develop links with Scots elsewhere. The closest diaspora is in England but appears relatively weak, with Scottish identity declining in strength. Using qualitative interviews, we explore the nature of the Scottish diaspora in England, seeking to explain why it appears less strong than diasporas overseas, for example in North America. We conclude that fewer Scots are migrating to England and that the children of migrant Scots are more likely to adopt an English identity. The diaspora is not, therefore, being ‘refreshed’ and is declining.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-134
Number of pages16
JournalNational Identities
Issue number2
Early online date27 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019


  • Scotland
  • England
  • Diaspora
  • Migration
  • National identity


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