Saturday, June 9, 2018
Reuters reports on an interesting immigration item from Europe. Nicola Sturgeon’s pro-independence Scottish National Party is leading a push to boost immigration to the sparsely populated northern tip of Britain, an opposite tack to the UK government which aims to limit the number of new arrivals after Brexit.
Sturgeon, who is first minister, will close the SNP’s conference on Saturday with a plea to give Scotland more control over what her party argues is the key challenge facing the economy. Scotland’s population, much of which is rural and dispersed unlike the rest of the UK, is aging more rapidly than other parts of the country. Boosting immigration is essential to keep providing the workforce needed to drive economic growth, as well as to shore up public services such as in health.