Scotland and Immigration: Moving beyond political narratives of openness

17 May 2022
The experiences of young adult migrants in Glasgow, UK reveal how their own experiences correlated with the narrative of Scottish openness. - © Artur Kraft/Unsplash

Young adult migrants in Scotland experience racism and discrimination in their everyday lives. This makes it difficult to establish stable identities and to gain a sense of security in the new setting. These traumatic experiences go against the dominant political narrative that Scotland is a receptive country for migrants. As a response, individual migrants are encouraged to adapt their lived experiences to fit with the larger narrative in their security seeking processes.

Debates on immigration continue to polarize debates in world politics. For example, the recent plans announced by the UK government, to process asylum seeker claims in Rwanda, have been met with international condemnation. The devolved nations of the UK have tried to distance themselves from the UK’s hostile immigration policies. Scotland is one such country which has presented a pro-immigration politics.

Marcus Nicolson

Marcus Nicolson is a PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. During Spring 2022 he has been a visiting researcher at Eurac Research Institute for Minority Rights, Bolzano, Italy. Marcus works for the Horizon 2020 D.Rad research project where he explores his interests of identity, political narratives and social inclusion.

Recent Publications:

Nicolson, M., & Korkut, U. (2021). The making and the portrayal of Scottish distinctiveness: How does the narrative create its audience? International Migration.

Nicolson, M. (2021). Immigration: how Scotland sees itself and how migrants actually experience it The Conversation


Nicolson, M. Scotland and Immigration: Moving beyond political narratives of openness.

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