New Project Will Give EU Citizens Across Scotland Opportunity To Find Out About Their Rights After Brexit

A group bringing together migrants’ groups, voluntary organisations, and lawyers has launched a new project to make sure EU citizens in Scotland know about their rights after Brexit.

A series of four events in April and May will provide advice and information about Brexit to EU citizens in Scotland. In addition, 14,000 factsheets about EU nationals’ status in the UK post-Brexit will be distributed among migrant communities in Scotland.

The initiative is part of the “EU Citizens’ Rights Project”, which is being delivered with the co-operation of a number of organisations from across Scotland, led by Public Policy Events from Edinburgh. The events will be held in Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. They will feature expert speakers followed by a Question and Answer session, as well as representatives from a number of migrant organisations from across the country.

The aim of the project is to provide information on Brexit for over 200,000 EU citizens living in Scotland, whose right to reside in the UK will change soon. It has been brought together by Mark Lazarowicz, an advocate whose interests include EU law and citizenship, and former MP for Edinburgh North and Leith.

Mr Lazarowicz said: “Over the last few months, I’ve been asked at a lot of meetings about EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. At every meeting, there have been a lot of worried people. Many EU citizens who have been in Scotland for years – in some cases for decades – are now not sure about their future in this country. We hope this initiative will provide the 200,000 EU citizens in Scotland with honest, accurate, and up to date information about what Brexit will mean for them and their families.”

The groups supporting the project are ELREC, New Europeans, Centre for Scottish Public Policy, Migrants Scot and Polish Cultural Festival Association.

The events in the four cities are being held in association with leading Scottish solicitors, Drummond Miller, who are recognised as leading specialists in immigration law. An immigration lawyer from Drummond Miller will be speaking and answering questions at each of the four events. The project is delivered with the financial support of the European Commission Office in Edinburgh.

The events will be held on the 14th, 28th and 30th of April (Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen respectively) and the 2nd of May (Glasgow). The times and venues for the four events can be found at the project’s website and on the Facebook page.

The film festival IberoDocs is back with 15 documentaries from 11 countries

IberoDocs, Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival Scotland, is back for its 4thedition in Edinburgh to celebrate rich and thought provoking stories from Ibero-America. The event, which will run from the 10th to the 14th of May in the Filmhouse. 14 of the documentaries to be screened are premieres in Scotland and one will be seen for the first time in Europe.

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IberoDocs 2017 – Filmmakers Daniel García and Aurelio Medina to Present their Documentary about Dennis Hopper’s Most Mysterious Movie

Hollywood didn’t like Dennis Hopper‘s third work, ‘The Last Movie’. In fact, he was banned from directing for ten years after its presentation. Its surrealistic touches, its unconventional narrative and its experimental nature fitted neither the canons of Universal Pictures nor those of the wider audience. Despite being generally disliked, it has inspired other cinematographic works. This is the case of ‘Rest in peace, Mr Hopper’, a documentary penned by Spanish filmmakers Aurelio Medina and Daniel García, that will part of the program of IberoDocs 2017 (10-14 May) with several screenings a a workshop on editing an postproduction. 

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IberoDocs 2017 – The Gaze of Salamanca: Ricardo Íscar Masterclass

The fourth edition of IberoDocs, the first showcase for Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focused on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American filmmakers, is back on May 10-14. The new edition of the festival, in collaboration with Scottish Documentary Institute, will introduce a masterclass with the master of documentaries Ricardo Íscar on Friday 12th May at Edinburgh College of Art. The filmmaker will shed light on his techniques, revealing how the fixed shot can be the art of narration. The capital of Scotland will be observed in a way it has never been before by the gaze of Salamanca.

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Reinventing The Economic Exile: Anti-repression forum in Edinburgh

On the 4th of February 2017, the second anti-repression forum took place in Edinburgh. This event was organised by a collective, formed by people pushed into economic exile from the Spanish state. The objective of the group ‘Edinburgh in protest’ is to address the issue of institutional violence, which has been increasing in several European countries.
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Betwixt and between? Greek and Spanish Migrants Having Lived in Scotland since the 1960s

In this article Konrad Lawson, School of History, University of St Andrews and Nikolaos Papadogiannis, School of History and Archaeology of Bangor University, outline their participatory research on Greek and Spanish migration in Scotland. 

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The Fight for Housing in Spain and the UK (Radio Programme)

Jose Luis Carretero author of  Your house is not yours, it belongs to the bank [Tu casa no es tuya, es del banco] talked about the housing right movement in Spain last July in Edinburgh.

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Be Global Translations: Translating Towards Internationalisation

[cml_media_alt id='7259']logo Be Global Translations[/cml_media_alt]Be Global Translations is a company specialising in legal and economic translations founded by Virginia Pastor (Madrid, 1990), a Spanish enterpreneur based in Edinburgh. This startup aims to help in the internationalisation of local and national Spanish talent.

The career choice of this Madrilenian (native of Madrid) based in Scotland, has not been coincidental. Her desire to explore beyond normal boundaries is an inherited passion. Virginia’s parents are tour operators and she has experienced the opportunity to travel with them to different corners of the world. She has collected many anecdotes from those trips. She will never forget, for instance, the day they lost their suitcase in an airport on their way to Prague. If it was not for the English she had learnt in school, they would have never found it. She also remembers the time when her father went behind the counter of a coffee shop in Vienna to explain to the waiter how he should serve an ice coffee.

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Virginia Pastor at her studio in Edinburgh.

She has been in touch with people of different nationalities since she was a young girl: British, American, French, Italian, Scandinavian and Latin Americans. Virginia Pastor states “Be Global Translations was born because of my passion for the translating profession. I want to be the instrument that makes it possible for people from different cultures, with different languages, understand each other, both orally and written. The personal satisfaction that I get when I know that a person has been able to understand a text written in a language they don’t understand thanks to me, is priceless. That’s why I put a lot of care into my work”.

This early contact with other societies has allowed this Spanish entrepreneur to get in touch with other cultures, languages and gastronomies, as well as to explore the world of fashion in different countries. These are sectors about which Virginia has a detailed knowledge thanks to specialised blogs that she follows as well as her own research.

Corporate internationalisation and translations

Virginia moved to Scotland two years ago; a country that she finds exciting because of its culture and people. She was surprised by the great interest that Scots have for the Spanish culture, “although they still have lots to learn, though not due to a lack of desire!”, she observes.

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Virginia Pastor at Ocean Terminal, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Be Global Translations is looking for projects that fall into its sphere of internationalisation. The company offers legal and economic translations. Virginia states that “there are sectors in Spain like the gastronomy, wine and fashion industries that can compete conveniently abroad, both in terms of quality and innovation”. She also comments that “Be Global Translations specialises in the translation of contracts and will soon offer legally sworn translations. We have worked for a wide variety of clients like tour operators, such as the Madrid Ghost Tour, international sport competitions and have translated websites for companies in different sectors”.

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Be Global Translations in the Language Show Live in London.

Be Global Translations has its own guide about internationalisation for small and medium-sized companies. It is a document that they offer free to all of their subscribers. “It is a small handbook that describes the most important steps that companies should follow in their internationalisation process¨, Virginia explains.

Wine, fashion and food

Many small businesses from Spain have managed to step up and compete in the global market thanks to their natural production processes, a fact that Virginia admires. She is very passionate about oenology (the study of wine and winemaking). One of her favourite wines is the Rioja wine from Bodegas Murillo, a wine that follows a unique process of fermentation at the bottom of the sea. Virginia is aware that these types of products have an international reputation they should explore and take advantage of.

“The Spanish fashion industry has immense possibilities abroad,” Virginia believes. “There are fashion blogs that could easily go viral if they were bilingual with English subtitles. There are several examples of this. One is the case of Galician blogger Alexandra Pereira, founder of Lovely Pepa, one of the most influential fashion blogs in the world. Mus & Bombon, a company that sells clothes made in Spain and Portugal, is another important example.”

“The Spanish fashion industry has immense possibilities abroad”

Gastronomy is just one of the activities that Spain should promote in a better way internationally, according to Virginia. “Usually, people know about our tapas or our potato omelette, but nothing else beyond those better-known recipes. However, there are traditional recipes and also more creative and innovative ones that could create interest at an international level,” Virginia says. She remembers some fish dishes that she tested in Cadiz, such as ‘pulpo a la escandalera’ (octopus) or ‘güeníjimo de atún’ (tuna). She did not learn the exact recipes of these dishes, but she believes these kinds of dishes have excellent qualities which would delight the most demanding foreign guests.

“Usually, people know about our tapas or our potato omelette, but nothing else beyond those better-known recipes. However, there are traditional recipes and also more creative and innovative ones that could create interest at an international level”

Virginia understands the potential of the Spanish cuisine. She also likes to find new French recipes in her free time. Recently, she took a university course on French cuisine, in the French language, and she has followed the BBC show ‘My Little Paris Kitchen‘, to better understand the culture of France and improve her skills in the French language. She also has an interest in Italian, Indian, and Asian food in general.

In times of crisis we must keep an eye on the opportunities that come our way. Be Global Translations is an initiative which aims to prevent language barriers curb these opportunities. “We live in a globalised world, in which everything and everyone is connected. However, there are still obstacles in achieving that universal communication. There are many companies that are not yet globalised, although we live in an increasingly internationalised world,” Virginia believes. Her passion to understand cultures in depth and her aim to challenge stereotypes guide this project with a comprehensive view of the world and the relationship between its people.

Cosmopolita Scotland collaborates with Mundo Spanish promoting private initiatives of Spanish citizens living in Scotland. If you are a small business based in Scotland, your activity helps to integrate the Spanish-speaking community and you want to promote your business, get in touch with us. For further information visit Mundo Spanish website here [in Spanish].


Votos españoles pérdidos en el extranjero

Después de casi un año sin Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy fue envestido presidente en minoría el 29 de octubre, evitando así unas terceras elecciones en diciembre (las primeras tuvieron lugar el  20 de diciembre de 2015).  Muchos electores residentes en el extranjero reiteraron la imposibilidad de votar en las pasadas Elecciones Generales del 26 de junio, después de haber iniciado los trámites para obtener las papeletas. En algunos casos, los envíos de las papeletas no llegan a su destino o incluso lo hacen pasada la fecha electoral. Además, estas denuncias se acumulan a muchas otras de pasadas convocatorias electorales que apuntan a un descenso dramático de la participación  de españoles residentes en el extranjero. A pesar de este hecho, el parlamento voto en contra de derogar el proceso de voto rogado el pasado 20 de octubre con los votos en contra del Partido Popular (PP), Partido Socialista (PSOE) y Ciudadanos.

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