Category Archives: Scottish independence

Free Movement of Workers: Scotland’s Needs are Different but Flexibility Likely to Go

As the UK starts considering what its immigration policy will look like after Brexit, it is becoming clearer quite how well the EEA free movement provisions have worked for industry, public services, and for many local communities. This means it … Continue reading

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Sustaining Immigration to Scotland After Brexit: What are the Options?

Today we launched a report which looks at the options for a ‘differentiated’ approach to immigration policy in Scotland. The report provides a rigorous tool for appraising a range of approaches, drawing on experiences from across Europe, Canada and Australasia. … Continue reading

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Assessing proposals for post-Brexit immigration policy: devolution or a tiered approach?

It’s been a busy few days for immigration policy wonks. On Thursday 5th, the all-party parliamentary group on social integration, headed by Chuka Umunna, proposed a new approach to immigration policy, including proposals for more robust measures on integration and … Continue reading

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Paradoxes in the Use of Expertise in the Scottish Independence Debate

In a wonderfully perceptive article from 1999, German sociologist Peter Weingart identifies two paradoxes surrounding the use of science in political debate (and we can apply this to expertise more generally). First, late modern societies show an unprecedented dependence on … Continue reading

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An Independent Immigration Policy for Scotland?

I’ve brought together some of my arguments about immigration policy and Scottish independence in a new article for Discover Society. It’s part of a special issue on the Scottish independence debate. See: http://www.discoversociety.org/2014/04/01/an-independent-immigration-policy-for-scotland/  

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Immigration Policy After the Referendum: COSLA Conference

COSLA hosted a really interesting conference today on immigration policy in Scotland after the referendum. The discussion – which included Scottish Government Minister Humza Yousaf – explored Scottish Government aspirations to develop a more liberal immigration policy. Here are the slides from … Continue reading

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Why Scotland Needs an Immigration Commission

The Scottish government recently committed itself to a more liberal approach to immigration, in the event of Scottish independence. For demographic and economic reasons, Scotland faces distinct needs in the areas of immigration. The government is also keen to adopt … Continue reading

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