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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06108: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the contribution skilled workers coming to the country make to industries that export.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 24 January 2017

Migrant workers make a valuable contribution to our country and are an important part of Scotland’s future. We consider immigration as a positive lever in contributing to the Scottish economy, society and population and the Scottish Government published two analytical reports on the characteristics and contribution that migrants make to Scotland on 28 October 2016: ‘Characteristics of migrants in Scotland: Analysis of the 2011 Census’ and ‘The Impacts of migrants and migration into Scotland’ While the Scottish Government has not undertaken any specific assessment of the contribution of migrant workers to industries that export, the Scottish Government has published relevant data on the value of exports by industry and National Records for Scotland has published information on the number of migrant workers by industry:

Information is published by the Scottish Government on industries which export in the publication Export Statistics Scotland. The latest information was published for 2014 on the 27 January 2016 at:

Information on number of migrants employed by detailed industry is published by National Records of Scotland from Scotland Census 2011 and can be accessed on the Scotland’s Census web site in table ‘CT_0171a_2011 – Migrant status (1) by Industry (detailed)’ accessible via the ‘Scotland Census Table index’ at: