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European Migrants Boosting Scotland Economy

European Migrants Boosting Scotland EconomyEuropean Migrants Boosting Scotland Economy

European immigrants are a bigger boost to the Scottish economy than people born here according to a new report that makes a mockery of anti-EU sentiment.

The Scottish government study revealed migrants from the European Economic Area “have made a more positive fiscal contribution” than both British people and those from the rest of the world, Scottishnews reported.

Anti-Brexit politicians said the survey showed the value of the EU’s freedom of movement policy.

Scottish National Party Europe Minister Alasdair Allan said: “These statistics and the impact report confirm the long-standing view of the Scottish government that our migrant workforce makes positive contributions to our economy and local communities.

“Many sectors of the Scottish economy are reliant on migrant labor, which helps meet demand for labor, and also address skills shortages.

“It is extremely important that we remain part of the European family, so that we can continue to have access to the European Single Market, and access to the free movement of people who may wish to live and work here. Our priority is to protect all of Scotland’s interests and we are considering all possible steps to ensure Scotland’s continuing relationship with the EU.”

Scottish Labor leader Kezia Dugdale added: “This destroys the myth that has been exploited by Tory and UKIP xenophobia about the contribution migrants make to our country.

“This report highlights why it is so vital we stay a tolerant, open and compassionate country. Those who have come to live in Scotland have enriched our communities and strengthened public services.”


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