Migration:Written question - 44683

Q
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 02 September 2016
Home Office
Migration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of excluding Scotland from the scope of the net migration target.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 07 September 2016

Our immigration system is designed to work for the whole of the UK and surveys show that people in Scotland want to see net migration reduced. We have a Scotland-specific Shortage Occupation List to accommodate skills shortages which are specific to Scotland. Applying substantially different immigration rules to different parts of the UK would complicate the immigration system, harming its integrity, and cause confusion for applicants and difficulties for employers who need the flexibility to deploy their staff to other parts of the UK.

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