Scotland continues to attract EU migrants as overall UK numbers plummet


In the 12 months to June, net migration from the EU to the UK fell by 106 000 to 230 000 with only London, the South-East and Scotland showing increases. Scotland attracted 11 000, up from 7 000 in the previous year. This presumably reflects the overall health of the Scottish economy and the welcoming statements made repeatedly by the First Minister and colleagues. See:

The data from the Institute for Public Policy Research and reported in the Guardian, reveals tremendous variation across the UK and suggests very strongly the need for a more flexible policy that allows the three areas with the greatest demand to allow greater migration and which incentivises migration to those areas apparently less-appealing or welcoming.

It is clear than most areas in the UK will suffer economically from this trend given the contribution migrants make to the economy and to the viability of services such as the NHS. See:


4 thoughts on “Scotland continues to attract EU migrants as overall UK numbers plummet

  1. Ludo Thierry December 3, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Hi John – That is very reassuring news that increasing numbers of EU nationals are still choosing to come to live and work in Scotland – and establish families here too I hope. I had been worried last week when I saw the news about the decline in total numbers coming to UK – so your update info is very welcome. I noticed Ivan McKee MSP has a wee piece on the National website and mentions estimates that – on average – working EU nationals contribute an additional £34,000 each per annum to Scotland’s economy. Come what may in the unfolding brexit debacle Scotland must – must – capture authority over Scotland’s migration policy from the barking mad britnat zealots in Westminster.

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  2. Dan Huil December 3, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    People in Europe know the difference between Scotland and England.

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