Brexit’s Impact on Scotland: Free Movement of Workers

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Series Details 13.11.17
Publication Date 13/11/2017
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The Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER) was launched in March 2017 as a new, independent and unaligned Scottish EU think tank.

SCER) aimed to inform, debate, and provide up-to-the-minute, high-quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges. It would focus on pan-EU issues as well as having a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies.

SCER would provide in-depth, impartial research and analysis on Brexit – looking at EU27, UK and Scottish interests and debates. SCER would also carry out up-to-the minute policy research on a range of key European Union issues including the future of the EU at a time of multiple challenges; the migration and refugee crisis, and the EU’s turbulent neighbourhood.As the UK starts considering what its immigration policy will look like after Brexit, it is becoming clearer quite how well the EEA free movement provisions have worked for industry, public services, and for many local communities in Scotland. This means it is going to be extremely hard to replace it in a way that suits all those who feel they have a stake in future UK immigration.

Contrary to the labour market/economic model prevailing in the South East of England (and in the UK debate more generally), Scottish policy makers have long viewed immigration as a crucial part of their population growth strategy.

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Scotland: Government: Scotland’s Place in Europe, 2016
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
SCER: Policy Note, No.2, June 2017: Scottish and UK Immigration Policy after Brexit. Evaluating Options for a Differentiated Approach
The Conversation, 27.07.18: After Brexit: Scotland’s struggle to compete for migrant workers
LSE Brexit: Blog, 22.06.18: Post-Brexit immigration policy: Scotland wants to go its own way

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