Migration in Scotland

thistleScotland differs from the rest of the UK in terms of the scale, determinants and impacts of migration, and migration and migration policy are sure to arise in debates about Scottish independence.

In the lead up to the Scottish referendum on independence, the Migration Observatory is providing analysis and data on migration and migrants in Scotland in order to inform the debate. We are providing a suite of outputs, including briefings analysing differences between migration in the UK and Scotland, policy primers discussing issues related to policy debates about migration in Scotland and commentaries on migration issues and news. The Migration Observatory has also conducted a new survey on public opinion toward migration in Scotland.

Scotland public opinion report:

Immigration and Independence: Public Opinion on Immigration in Scotland in the Context of the Referendum Debate

  1. Briefing
    4 Apr 2014
    This briefing compares the stock of international migrants in Scotland to the UK and other countries, as well as considering how these comparisons would change in an independent Scotland.
  2. Report
    10 Feb 2014
    Immigration and Independence: Public Opinion on Immigration in Scotland in the Context of the Referendum Debate
  3. Press release
    10 Feb 2014
    The first detailed analysis of Scottish public opinion about immigration shows that Scotland has significantly lower levels of concern about immigration than England and Wales, but also that Scots’...
  4. Briefing
    3 Dec 2013
    This briefing summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for Scotland, and its constituent council areas. The briefing provides information about population levels; the number and population...
  5. Policy primer
    18 Sep 2013
    This policy primer considers whether Scotland could have its own immigration policy if it remains part of the UK or part of a Common Travel Area with the rest of the UK and Ireland.