Files re­veal Labour plan on Scot­tish im­mi­gra­tion

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SCOT­TISH min­is­ters con­sid­ered mak­ing the case for an al­ter­na­tive im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem in the coun­try in 2004, newly re­leased doc­u­ments re­veal.

Files from a meet­ing of the Labour-led Scot­tish ex­ec­u­tive at the time show dis­cus­sions were held about ways to tackle the coun­try’s fall­ing pop­u­la­tion.

The mem­o­ran­dum from for­mer first min­is­ter Jack McConnell in­cluded ar­gu­ments about how to pro­mote

Scot­land as a place to live and work, as well as min­imis­ing neg­a­tive re­ac­tions to plans to boost im­mi­gra­tion, some of which were de­scribed as “racist”.

The file says: “An­other pro­posal be­ing pur­sued is to es­tab­lish whether those en­ter­ing the UK un­der the highly skilled mi­grant scheme (who do not re­quire to have a work per­mit) could get ad­di­tional points if they iden­ti­fied an in­ten­tion to stay in Scot­land.”

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