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Constitutionally Sound episode 12: Migration challenges after Brexit and Covid
In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Nicola McEwen is joined by Dr Sarah Kyambi, Director of Migration Policy Scotland and David Bell, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, for a discussion on migration in Scotland after Brexit and Covid-19.
They discuss current challenges in the labour market and where these challenges stem from; immigration and devolution and what the challenges and opportunities might be around transferring powers on immigration to devolved nations; and finally immigration in the context of Scottish independence - how important would immigration be if Scotland were to become independent?
Tune in for this and more from our guests.
More about our guests
Dr Sarah Kyambi is an expert on UK immigration policy and is Director of think-tank Migration Policy Scotland. She founded Migration Policy Scotland in 2020, having become increasingly aware of the need for greater policy capacity on migration in Scotland. Her research has directly impacted policy in Scotland and the UK, and she has been active in the UK migration sector for over 20 years.
David Bell is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, where he was Professor for over 30 years. He is also a Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change and the Centre for Population Change. David’s research centres on labour economics, public finances, and the economics of long-term care. He has a particular interest in the effects of demographic change on the Scottish economy, and among his many advisory positions, he served as a member of the independent Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population, set up by the Scottish Government.