University of St Andrews

How are Scottish Local Authorities dealing with immigration policy?

Thursday 26 June 2014

New research has been released today examining how Local Authorities in Scotland plan for and respond to international migration. With the Scottish Government making it clear that it is keen to attract migrants to Scotland, this research looks at the Local Authorities’ responses in terms of service provision and community integration.

The research, undertaken as part of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme by Helen Packwood, Allan Findlay and Dr David McCollum, focused on 16 Local Authority areas, ranging from cities to remote regions. It raises questions about how the concerns and arguments of local policy-makers can be better represented in national debates about immigration policy.