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Scots Italians' stories told

The impact of Italian migration to Scotland has been assessed by a panel of distinguished experts at the Scottish Parliament.

The debate was the inaugural event of a new research group - the Italo - Scottish Research Cluster, which has been set up at the University to study the history of Italian migration to Scotland.

Archive of stories

The Italo - Scottish Research Cluster will chart the lives of thousands of Italians who have made Scotland their home. The new Centre has been established to create an archive of their stories.

The Made by Italo-Scots was hosted by MSP Linda Fabiani, and the Italian Consul General Mauro Carfagnini.

It included contributions from Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti, historian and author Terri Colpi, entrepreneurs Gio Benedetti and Tony Crolla, playwright Ann Marie Di Mambro, legal experts Lorenzo Alonzi and Cesidio Di Ciacca and BBC journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi.

Migrant Identities

The event celebrated the roll of the people of Italian descent living in Scotland, which today numbers around 30,000 Scottish residents. The unification of Italy in 1861, intense poverty and two World Wars saw millions of Italians leave their native land.

Among the topics discussed was migrant identities in the light of current debates on nation and nationhood.

Professor Federica Pedriali, Director of the Italo - Scottish Research Cluster, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to discuss the impact of the Italian diaspora. Through the work of the Centre, we propose to make knowledge of this rich heritage available to both the scholarly and the wider community.”

The Italo - Scottish Research Cluster is funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.