Linda Fabi­ani

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

On my way to work on Mon­day morn­ing I called into Strathaven Acad­emy’s first-year assem­bly.

It was about what an ad­van­tage it is in life to un­der­stand an­other lan­guage and how that opens doors to the great plea­sure of learn­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing other cul­tures.

I was in­vited to talk about my own ex­pe­ri­ence of grow­ing up in a house­hold with an Ital­ian in­flu­ence.

My grand­fa­ther came to Scot­land from a moun­tain vil­lage in Lig­uria in the north of Italy. He was amongst the first main wave of Ital­ian im­mi­grants in the late 19th/ early 20th cen­tury. He met my Go­van grand­mother over the deep-fat fryer in a Partick fis­hand-chip shop – and the rest, as they say, is his­tory!

It’s reck­oned there are up to 100,000 Ital­ian ex­trac­tion Scots liv­ing here and our in­flu­ences right through Scot­tish so­ci­ety are deep.

Scot­land has been en­riched by im­mi­gra­tion over the years – the Jewish pop­u­la­tion, Ir­ish friends, Pak­ista­nis, Bangladeshis, In­di­ans,

The smooth run­ning of many of our ser­vices re­lies on in­com­ing work­ers who have made their homes here...

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