Over the last year, BEMIS have sought to build on our recognition of the impact of our multi-generational and diverse migrant communities by enabling them to pro-actively articulate what Scotland means to them as ‘Home’.
This has witnessed over 73 events supported across Scotland to acknowledge our past, shared present, and combined aspirations for the future. In the coming weeks – as part of the Scottish Winter Festivals period – events include:
- BEMIS Celebrates Burns at Celtic Connections (Wednesday 24/01)
- Glasgow Afghan United’s Burns Supper and Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Rumi (Tuesday 23/01)
- Uniting Nations in Scotland – The Multicultural Burns Supper (22/01)
- Aberdeen Multicultural Centre – Celebration of Robert Burns’ Birthday with Multicultural Poetry, Music and Dance (27/01)
- African Caribbean Women’s Association – Burns African Variety Night (27/01)
- Falkirk Muslim Community Club – Burns and Iqbal Poetry Lunch (28/01)
A full list of events can be accessed here: http://bemis.org.uk/2017-2018-funded-events/
While the economic and social case has been progressed by the Scottish Government in relation to ongoing Brexit negotiations and its impact on Scotland, BEMIS would highlight that when we discuss immigration and our diverse communities that they are not an abstract variable patiently waiting detached from the current realities. They are fundamental parts of our communities, villages, towns and cities. They are citizens of Scotland.