What is it about?

This paper draws on research on attitudes to independence within the Scottish diaspora, over a twenty year period, illustrating the changing nature of attitudes towards the idea of Scottish independence in general, and the reasons behind why that change might be taking place.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this work could be the first to show that 'traditionally held' ideas that the Scottish diaspora is/would be anti-independence are not necessarily accurate. Overall, within the wider Scottish diaspora, independence is now considered more positively.


The Scottish diaspora has long been neglected by the majority of Scotland, despite the fact that independence for Scotland would be as impactful on so many of them, as the people resident in Scotland itself. With millions of people outside of Scotland having as strong an interest in Scottish politics in general, and the subject of independence in particular, as the millions inside, I hope this paper generates discussion and ideas among (and more importantly, between) both groups.

Professor Murray Stewart Leith
University of the West of Scotland

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This page is a summary of: Scottish independence: what does the diaspora think?, National Identities, December 2023, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2023.2288965.
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