Highlands and Islands Enterprise (2009) Young people in the Highlands and Islands: Understanding and influencing the migration choices of young people to and from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
This study commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sets out to understand the major factors influencing the choices people make when planning and undertaking relocation within Scotland. The study asks what measures can be taken to influence the choices that young people who are considering migrating (either to, from or within the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland) make. The study was undertaken because, proportionately, the Highlands & Islands has far lower numbers of 15 to 30 year olds in the population than is typical for the Scottish population overall. Consequently, the region is faced with the prospect of an ageing population and a decreasing work-age population. While this research does not focus specifically on foreign migrant workers, nonetheless this group is recognised as important in the context of the region’s economic and demographic development. Thus, foreign migrant workers are given due consideration in the analysis, which identifies education, employment and the environment as key policy areas which require further development.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise. (2009) Young people in the Highlands and Islands: Understanding and influencing the migration choices of young people to and from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glasgow: Cogent Strategies International.