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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland with a population of 629,501. The city is situated in the west of Scotland on the river Clyde. 

Historically, the main industry in Glasgow was shipbuilding, but during the twentieth century the sector went into rapid decline. Nowadays the economy is centred on the business and finance sectors.

Glasgow has provided a place to seek refuge or economic opportunities to a range of people over the centuries. Immigrants from a variety of backgrounds have settled in the city and this has resulted in Glasgow being the most ethnically diverse city in Scotland. Due to its economic importance in the British Empire and its links with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, there is evidence that Africans or Irish people were settling into the city as early as the eighteenth century.

Last Updated: 06/10/09

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