Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:36


Latest statistics on Scotland’s population have proved that Tory control of migration policy is costing Scotland dearly – underlining the need for Scotland to attract more migrants to support our economy and society.

It was confirmed that there were 5,000 more deaths than births in Scotland in 2017 – meaning any population growth is dependent on attracting migrants to live and work here.
The Scottish Parliament voted in favour of devolving powers over migration earlier this year – yet the Tory government continues to keep power over this area at Westminster, preventing Scotland from developing a migration system suited to our needs, including action to increase the number of people choosing to make Scotland their home.
The recent Sustainable Growth Commission report outlined the need for Scotland to grow its population as a way of boosting economic growth now and in the future, to enable us to catch up and compete with other successful small, independent countries.
Commenting, SNP MP Brendan O’Hara said:
“Rural communities, like Argyll and Bute rely heavily on inward migration, particularly EU citizens, who want to come to work in our food and drink sector, in our forestry, in our farming sector and on our seas. Indeed, some sectors are reporting difficulty in growing their businesses as a result ”

“The Tories plan to cut net migration to the tens of thousands and this could cost the Scottish economy at least £10 billion a year.”

“Their ‘hostile environment’ and hard-right inspired, xenophobic Brexit are driving people away from Scotland, making it so much more difficult for us to attract the people that we need to come here and work in our communities.
“As was outlined in the recent Sustainable Growth Commission report, migrants and population growth will play a key part in growing Scotland’s economy and allowing us to compete with other successful small independent countries.
“But we needn’t wait until we’re independent to make progress – the Tories can give Scotland these powers over migration sooner rather than later, as the Scottish Parliament has demanded earlier this year.
“We need the power to develop our own migration system in order to attract more people to live and work here – it’s time the UK government gave us the power to do just that.”

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