Migration: helping Scotland prosper

Paper detailing how a tailored migration policy, within a UK framework, could operate to meet Scotland's distinct needs.


Scottish Government

Salary thresholds and an ‘Australian-style’ points-based immigration system: our response, Scottish Government, December 2019, available at:

Shortage occupation list 2018-19 call for evidence – our response for health and social care, Scottish Government, March 2019, available at:

Shortage occupation list 2018, Scottish Government, March 2019, available at:

Scotland’s Population Needs and Migration Policy, Scottish Government, February 2019, available at:

Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment, Scottish Government, January 2018, available at:

Brexit: what’s at stake for businesses, Scottish Government, October 2017, available at:

The contribution of EEA citizens to Scotland, Scottish Government, November 2017, available at:

Scotland’s Place in Europe, Scottish Government, December 2016, available at:

Our vision for social security in Scotland, Scottish Government, March 2016, available at:

UK Government

The UK’s future skills-based immigration system, UK Government, December 2018, available at: 

Migration Advisory Committee

Full review of the shortage occupation list, Migration Advisory Committee, May 2019, available at:

EEA migration in the UK, Migration Advisory Committee, September 2018, available at: 

International students in the UK, Migration Advisory Committee, September 2018, available at: 

Expert Advisory Group On Migration And Population

UK Immigration Policy After Leaving the EU, Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population, February 2019, available at:

Immigration policy and demographic change in Scotland: learning from Australia, Canada and continental Europe, Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population, November 2019, available at:

Other Governments And Bodies

Simplifying the Immigration Rules, Law Commission, January 2020, available at:

Migration, Australia, 2017-18, Australian Bureau of Statistics, April 2019, available at:

Migration in Wales, Wales Centre for Public Policy, March 2019, available at:

Evaluation of the Provincial Nominee Program, Government of Canada, November 2017, available at: 

Brexit and fair movement of people, Welsh Government, September 2017, available at:

What’s happening with international student migration?, Office for National Statistics, August 2017, available at: internationalstudentmigration/2017-08-24

Case Study: Stay in Scotland 

Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, EU citizens in Scotland and across the UK have been faced with great uncertainty as to how leaving the EU will affect their lives, careers and families. The referendum cast into doubt the ability of EU citizens to continue to live in a country they had chosen, in good faith, to make their home. The failure to quickly and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK compounded this uncertainty and created unnecessary anxiety. 

The Stay in Scotland campaign aims to: 

  • raise awareness of the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme in Scotland; 
  • publicly state our desire for EU citizens to remain in Scotland; and 
  • provide practical information and direct support and advice to help EU citizens through the EU Settlement Scheme and to remain in Scotland and continue to access devolved public services to which they are entitled. 

The campaign includes a toolkit for EU citizens and employers, a guide for employers, a factsheet, poster and leaflet, along with a media campaign including radio, digital and social adverts and £250,000 of resource for community-based support across Scotland. The Scottish Government is also providing £800,000 of funding over three years to Citizens Advice Scotland, who are delivering some of this support through a dedicated advice and support service which includes a helpline and face-to-face advice.

The Stay in Scotland materials have now been sent to GP surgeries, nurseries and community centres across Scotland. Further information and copies of the materials are available at Hard copies of the materials are available and can be requested via

This dedicated service delivered by Citizens Advice Scotland launched in April 2019 and is for EU citizens with more complex support needs including those who may face obstacles to applying for settled status such as limited digital access, language barriers or residency issues. The service includes a full-time telephone service for EU citizens resident in Scotland on 0800 916 9847.

Pictured in Clovenstone Boxing Club, Edinburgh
Family from Pakistan

Photo of Rabia, Boxer, Pictured in Clovenstone Boxing Club, Edinburgh

Citizens Advice Scotland operate a free national helpline as part of the Advice and Support Service. You can receive information, advice and support by calling the helpline on 0800 916 9847. Devices for completing the ID document check can also be access through your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Further information and copies of the materials are available at



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