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In September 2014 Scotland will hold an historic referendum on its constitutional future. Migration is an important aspect of debates surrounding this ballot: the UK government has emphasised its desire to restrict immigration to Britain, whilst the Scottish Government views net immigration as a valuable contributor to the economic and demographic growth of Scotland.
This event explored these contrasting positions and draws on new research (using secondary datasets, social attitudes data and interviews with employers, students and local authorities) undertaken as part of the ESRC’s 'Future of the UK and Scotland' programme. The speakers considered the challenges and opportunities that Scotland faces in devising an immigration policy attuned to its particular needs, whatever the outcome of the referendum.
The Politicians and Professionals is a series of seminars for January and February organised by the David Hume Institute in conjunction with the Young Academy of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and supported by the ICAS; the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Law Society of Scotland and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.