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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Regional Migration: A solution for Scotland?

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, a substantial redesign of the immigration system is on the cards.

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, a substantial redesign of the immigration system is on the cards.

IPPR has long argued that different parts of the UK have different requirements from the immigration system, and that they experience migration differently too. Brexit offers an opportunity to consider a regional dimension to our migration system. Would a regionalised immigration policy be both feasible and desirable?

Other countries, notably Canada, have a regional migration system - could Scotland follow suit? We will hear from experts from the Canadian government, to hear what can be learned from the Canadian experience.  

To explore the feasibility, we will hear from a panel of migration experts, including:

  • Professor Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics at Edinburgh University
  • Chris Murray, Research Fellow in migration at IPPR
  • Angela Gawer from the Canadian High Commission

To explore the desirability of such a system for Scotland, we will hear from a panel of politicians, including:

  • Michael Russell MSP (SNP), Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe
  • Paul Sweeney MP (Labour), Shadow Scotland Office Minister
  • Jackson Carlaw MSP (Conservative), Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

This event is sponsored by the Canada-UK Foundation.

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