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Scottish politicians clash on immigration approach



Politicians from Scotland’s major parties have clashed on the approach to immigration policy which could best help alleviate skills shortages.

During a hustings held at the CBI Annual Lunch on Friday afternoon, Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Murdo Fraser, claimed that his party in Westminster has been “very liberal about immigration since Brexit”, although he admitted not enough people have been making their wayto Scotland.

“We must make it more attractive for them to come”, he commented, noting that job gaps were also being exacerbated by the economically inactive within society.

Deputy First Minister and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes has she found FRaser’s definition of liberal in this context “amusing”, while highlighting the “extremely concerning” demographic shift outside of the central belt.

“We’re unashamedly pro-immigration,” she stated, “but we’re on the verge of crisis… with an ageing and declining population”.

Speaking with experience of her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency, Forbes added that Highlands businesses want the rural workers visa which was promised along time ago.

Labour’s economic spokesperson Daniel Johnson said a more “rational approach” to immigration was required.

While the national Labour Party was taking a “pragmatic approach” to tackling illegal immigration, he stated that Scotland must be able to make changes, with on specific measure being a second fresh talent scheme.

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