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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04323: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has made or plans to carry out an assessment of the viability of Scotland having a bespoke migration system and, if so, whether it will publish this.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 10 November 2016

The Scottish Government have consistently lobbied the UK Government for a flexible approach to immigration across the UK.

With an ageing population and demand for skilled workers outstripping the local workforce in some sectors, our demographic and workforce needs are different to those in the rest of the UK. Migration is key to supporting sustainable population growth and any move to limit migration, whether from within or beyond the EU, has the potential to seriously harm our economy. Growth in the working age population plays a key role in underpinning sustainable economic growth and most of Scotland’s population growth comes from inward migration.

The Scottish Government will publish proposals over the coming weeks that would allow Scotland to stay in the single market and to preserve aspects of our relationship with the EU, even if the rest of the UK is intending to leave.