As Romanians and Bulgarians achieved full rights to live and work in the UK last night, Maggie used her first tweet of the year to welcome them to Scotland.
Maggie sent her welcome message while watching the New Year fireworks from Calton Hill in the capital:
Happy new year, one and all. And welcome Romanians and Bulgarians to the UK! #openborders
— Cllr Maggie Chapman (@MaggieEdinburgh) January 1, 2014
Maggie is an immigrant herself – she’s a South African citizen and grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. Today she said:
“When I moved to Scotland, the welcome I got was tremendous. Scots are famed worldwide for our hospitality and openness. And since I’ve lived here, I’ve found that each group of people who has moved to Scotland over the years has enriched our culture and helped to make us a more prosperous nation.
“It is not yet clear how many Romanian and Bulgarian people will come here in the coming days and weeks and months, but each one of them is a new Scot, a new neighbour, and a new friend.”