Our participants come from a wide range of nationalities, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. Between October 2017 and September 2018, we registered:

78 nationalities from Albanian to Zimbabwean.

This mix of peoples and cultures makes the magic of the Welcoming!

  • ‘I learned a new skill and got new friends. I got new perceptions and could spend time with people from different backgrounds and cultures.’
  • ‘This place is a mixture of newcomers from over the world and absolutely everyone feels welcome there. I’m very happy I found this place and I can honestly say it changed my life.’
  • ‘The Welcoming is the house of everyone, whatever their origin. It’s really great to know people from the four corners of the world and discover their culture.’
    (Participant feedback, 2018)

Top Ten countries of Welcoming participants:

  1. Spain
  2. Italy
  3. Syria
  4. Poland
  5. France
  6. China
  7. Sudan
  8. Romania
  9. Brazil
  10. Hungary


59.5% Female, 40.5% Male

Age distribution:

The 6 most common jobs of Welcoming participants*:

* at the point of registering with the Welcoming.

Visit to Cramond

This year we asked our participants to write about the things they love about Edinburgh, what makes them feel at home in the city, and some of their experiences with activities at The Welcoming. Find out more by visiting the ‘Your Edinburgh‘ blog series on our website.

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