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17/12/13 09:40

Uniquely Scottish approach to Migration

Minister praises contribution on International Migrants’ Day.

An independent Scotland would set its own policy on immigration designed to meet Scottish needs.

Ahead of International Migrants Day, External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said that Scotland has different needs to the rest of the UK and its immigration policy should reflect this.

External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf added: “On International Migrants Day it’s important to celebrate the enormous contribution migrants have made – and will contine to make - to the Scottish economy, our culture and our society.

“Migration has been good for Scotland. We have different needs to the rest of the UK and healthy population growth is important for our economy.

“’Scotland’s Future’ sets out this Government’s proposals on independence, which would enable Scotland to build a controlled immigration system which meets our own social and economic needs.

“This would include reintroducing the post-study work visa to allow us to attract the best minds to Scotland, and providing incentives for migrants to live and work in remoter geographical areas to help develop industries, often where there are local skills shortages, and keep communities sustainable.

“Many ordinary, hard-working people living in Scotland have felt the impact of the UK’s policies on family migration: they don’t enjoy the family life the rest of us take for granted. Given the power to manage our own immigration, we would make sure that there was a fair and efficient system to manage family reunification effectively.

“Many Scots currently enjoy the benefits of free movement within Europe, and similarly we welcome European migrants who make Scotland their home. Migrants are valued not only for the contribution they make to our economy but also for the vibrancy and diversity they bring to our nation.”