Scottish Government and social care sector questioned on immigration

23 February 2017

The Home Affairs Committee holds the third evidence session of its inquiry into immigration. The session is the second in this inquiry away from Westminster following last months visit to Bedford.


Thursday 2 March 2017, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

At 10.30am

  • Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe
  • Ruth Steele, Head of Migration Strategy, Scottish Government

At 11.30am

  • Lorraine Cook, Policy Manager, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Chair's comment

Rt Hon Yvette Cooper, Chair of the Committee said:

"The Government plans to change immigration rules as part of the Brexit negotiations but so far there has been little public debate on what should happen and how any changes would reflect the different views and circumstances in different parts of the country or different sectors of the economy. That is why the cross party Select Committee is travelling the country to encourage a wider public debate and hear different views on what the best approach should be.

In Glasgow, we'll be taking evidence from the Scottish Government and will hear from social care representatives about the impact of immigration rules on their sector.

We also want to hear from the public about their views on immigration – whether they want to see change and what that change might look like in the coming years. We are encouraging everyone to have their say by visiting one of our public meetings or taking part in our online survey.

And we will put all of this evidence directly back to government and urge them to listen to different views before they reach a final Brexit deal."

Venue information

The venue for the oral evidence session is:

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
City of Music Studio
Buchanan Galleries
2 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow G2 3NY

The entrance is via Sauchiehall St / Buchanan Street.

Get involved

The Committee welcomes contributions to the inquiry from members of the public, businesses and organisations. This can be done in a number of ways:

Completing an online survey

The Committee is running an online survey. This survey is a chance to give your opinion and influence the future direction of immigration policy in the UK. The survey has been set up in conjunction with British Future.

Submitting written evidence

The Committee has issued a call for written evidence. Written evidence can be submitted via the immigration inquiry page. The terms of reference and further details on how to submit evidence are available on the website.

Hosting an event

The Committee also invites people to run their own events and report their findings to the Committee as written evidence. Those hosting events may want to consider the following questions for debate:

  • What approach should the Government take to different kinds of migration – for example skilled, unskilled, family migration, students and refugees?
  • What are the benefits and problems with different kinds and levels of migration, for the economy and society?
  • What approach should be taken to EU migration as part of the Brexit negotiations – for example, points-based systems, or work permits; and geographical variations?
  • What steps should be taken to manage the impact of migration in communities?
  • Is it possible to build greater consensus behind immigration policy? What steps would be needed to do so?

Further information

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