Files reveal Labour plan on Scottish immigration
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.”