Some Scottish Lowlanders moved to cities around Britain in the 19th and early 20th century. Although living conditions were poor, there were greater employment prospects as well as social benefits. Having made this move from home, the upheaval of moving further afield did not seem so daunting.
Students could be asked to note down the attraction of Scottish cities in the late 19th and early 20th century. They could be asked to present a short written or oral response explaining this attraction to a person playing the role of a friend or family member remaining in a small or rural community. Students could then be asked to engage in a discussion to explain how there might be a connection between the increasing movement towards Scottish cities and the eventual growth of emigration.