Motion S5M-16672: Migrant Numbers Down

29 Mar 2019

That the Parliament notes the recent National Insurance registration figures released by the DWP, which show that there was an 18% decrease in the number of registrations for overseas workers between 2015 and 2018; understands that more than half of Scotland’s regions have seen a reduction of 20% or more in migrant numbers during this period, with Shetland experiencing an enormous 69% decline; considers that these figures make it glaringly obvious that what it sees as the UK Conservative administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric and complete disregard for Scotland is likely to put extreme pressure on many of Scotland’s businesses and public services, particularly those already experiencing labour shortages; believes that, as Scotland’s population has not grown naturally for decades, the country needs more working-age people to migrate here, and therefore welcomes continued migration to Scotland.