S4M-10688: EU Immigration

29 Jul 2014

That the Parliament notes with concern what it considers the latest rhetoric from the three main UK parties to halve the time that EU migrants can claim benefits; understands that Scotland’s population has been steady or grown only very slowly in recent decades making it harder to grow the economy; believes that EU migration is positive for Scotland in becoming a more diverse nation; considers that this latest move is yet further evidence of the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour policy agendas being driven by the rise of the UK Independence Party; calls on the UK parties to stop demonising migrants who, it considers, have a lot to offer Scotland, and concludes that the only way Scotland will have a positive relationship with Europe and a sensible immigration policy is for such powers to be controlled by an independent Scottish Government.