Scotland Needs More Immigrants for a Wealthy Nation

Posted on: 18 Feb 2018  |   Tags: student news , visas , World News ,

Even though the Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom, the country’s information technology industry is struggling because of low immigration levels. The UK has tightened visa rules, reducing the number of student and work visas issued but it fails to understand that England is getting a major share of immigrants, while Scotland gets a very less amount. Scotland has a declining population, which the UK government doesn’t want to see. According to a report released by the government of Scotland, the country will have a higher death rate than birth rate for all coming 25 years if immigration measures aren’t improved. According to an Office of National Statistics report released in 2016, 1.2 million people are living in London they are European Union citizens. London’s total population is eight million, which means 15 percent of them are EU citizens. But that’s not the same with Scotland. Only four out of 100 people in Scotland are European Union citizens. The Scottish government feels that people from the EU add value to their society by working in schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, and agricultural sector. Immigrants in Scotland contribute as much as £4.42 billion yearly to the economy and by reducing the limit, the country’s economy will be severely affected. The contribution is significant as people are living longer, having lesser children, so more people are required to work. The country needs a healthy working population that will produce income for paying the country tax.

More deaths than births

It is predicted that by 2041, there will be 10,000 more deaths than births in Scotland. The country’s demographics reveal that the country only has 17 percent population of 16 years or younger and 18 percent of people aged 65 years or older. The UK government’s aim of reducing yearly immigration to only tens of thousands will cost Scotland £10bn yearly starting from 2040.

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