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Call for new 'emigrants' museum
Sean Connery
Sean Connery's achievements would be honoured in the museum
The achievements of Scottish emigrants should be celebrated in a national museum, according to the SNP.

The party has called for a new museum to be created in Edinburgh to record the accomplishments of Scots such as philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

SNP Lothians MSP Kenny MacAskill said there were up to 80 million people across the world who claimed to be of Scottish descent.

He said the museum would make Edinburgh the centre for Scots around the world.

There is little recognition in Scotland of the histories, journeys and achievements of the Scottish diaspora
MSP Kenny MacAskill

Mr MacAskill added that rather than mourning the loss of famous ex-pats such as actor Sir Sean Connery, the nation should celebrate their achievements and pay a fitting tribute to them.

He said: "There are only around five million people in Scotland, yet between 40-80 million people worldwide claim Scottish descent or some Scottish identity.

"Emigration is almost part of what defines being Scottish and hardly a family exists in Scotland without a near relative south of the border or abroad."

Mr MacAskill, the party's justice spokesman, added: "There is little recognition in Scotland of the histories, journeys and achievements of the Scottish diaspora.

"There should therefore be a museum of the Scottish diaspora established, recording the journeys they made and the achievements they had around the globe."

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