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TITLE
Iftikhar
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_LEAVINGHOME_006
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ewen Weatherspoon
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11611
KEYWORDS
immigration
emigration
personal stories
autobiography
Iftikhar

"My name is Iftikhar and I completed my studies in my home country, Pakistan.

I worked there as a Lecturer in Economics and I worked on various research projects.

I came to the UK on the 23rd of March 2009. I stayed in London for one and a half months with my elder brother. Then I came to Inverness to start my job as Imam in the mosque. I am teaching the children of the Muslim community.

I am really enjoying my life in Inverness. The natural beauty, the singing birds and the silent river attract me every time. But the only thing which makes me sad is home sickness and missing my family. Especially my daughter Ayesha who is two and a half years old. I cannot forget her."

This photograph was taken of Iftikar in Inverness Mosque where he works as an Imam.

Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.

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Iftikhar

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

immigration; emigration; personal stories; autobiography

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

New Highlanders

"My name is Iftikhar and I completed my studies in my home country, Pakistan.<br /> <br /> I worked there as a Lecturer in Economics and I worked on various research projects. <br /> <br /> I came to the UK on the 23rd of March 2009. I stayed in London for one and a half months with my elder brother. Then I came to Inverness to start my job as Imam in the mosque. I am teaching the children of the Muslim community.<br /> <br /> I am really enjoying my life in Inverness. The natural beauty, the singing birds and the silent river attract me every time. But the only thing which makes me sad is home sickness and missing my family. Especially my daughter Ayesha who is two and a half years old. I cannot forget her."<br /> <br /> This photograph was taken of Iftikar in Inverness Mosque where he works as an Imam.<br /> <br /> Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.