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Spotlight on Borders

Bettina Petersohn and Nicola McEwen

How are Scottish Local Authorities dealing with immigration policy?

New research from the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) has been examining how Local Authorities in Scotland plan for and respond to international migration. With the Scottish Government making it clear that it is keen to attract migrants to Scotland, this research looks at the Local Authorities’ responses in terms of service provision and community integration.

In September 2014 Scotland will hold a referendum on its constitutional future. Borders and immigration are one of a number of controversial elements of the vociferous debate that has surrounded this historic ballot. Immigration policy is a hotly contested issue in many European states, but the issue is particularly pertinent in the context of Scotland and the UK and the imminent referendum. This can be attributed to the administrations in London and Edinburgh holding inherently contradictory positions on immigration.

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Migration, Scotland and the independence referendum

New research has been looking at how migration to and from Scotland might change following independence and demonstrates the need for a more tailored approach to migration policies whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.

The analyses, published by the ESRC Centre for Population Change, form part of the Future of the UK and Scotland programme. 

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