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Does UK immigration policy meet Scotland's needs?

20 October 2017

The Scottish Affairs Committee considers how well the immigration system meets Scotland's needs. In particular, this inquiry examines how easy it will be for non-UK citizens to move to Scotland after Brexit.

Scotland's future migration

Immigration policy is currently a reserved power, developed by the UK Government. This inquiry investigates whether UK immigration policy has been successful in addressing the specific employment challenges facing Scotland's economy and public services. This covers the competitiveness of Scottish universities in the global education market, the sustainability of the agriculture sector and the ability to maintain key NHS services.  

One focus of the inquiry will be on the impact of Brexit and the likely implications for the free movement of EU nationals. The Committee will assess the importance of low skilled or seasonal immigration to the Scottish economy and explore how this could continue after Brexit.  

Chair's comments

Announcing the inquiry, Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee Pete Wishart MP said: 

"Scotland is proud to be a multicultural nation whose population is made up from people all across the world, and it is widely acknowledged that continued migration from EU and non-EU nations is essential to our future success. 

In the last Parliament, this Committee repeatedly heard that the current immigration system doesn't meet the needs of Scotland, and Brexit raises new questions about how easy it will be for EU nationals to move here in the future.

This inquiry we will seek to establish what Scotland's future migration needs will be, and how these can be met."

Call for written submissions 

The Committee invites submissions on the following questions:

  • What level of immigration to Scotland is required to meet the needs of the Scottish economy? How do these needs vary by sector? How do these needs compare to other parts of the UK? 
  • Does the UK's current immigration framework adequately provide for Scotland's needs? If not, how could the UK's immigration framework be changed to better meet Scotland's needs? 
  • What is the experience of Scottish businesses in employing non-UK nationals, and how could this be improved? 
  • What post-Brexit immigration arrangements for EU citizens would best meet Scotland's needs? 

Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to submit written evidence.

The Committee is not able to take up individual cases or complaints.

Further information

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