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Packwood and Findlay (2014) Immigration to Scotland and the constitutional change debate: Geography, difference and the question of scale

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Packwood and Findlay (2014) utilise data from the 2011 UK Census to comparatively explore some of the complexities of international immigration to Scotland. A particular strength of this research lies in the comparison made between Scotland and regions of England. This approach is taken in preference to an aggregate national comparison and, therefore, the researchers are able to avoid skewing their data by considering the a-typical example of London as a separate region in their statistical analysis. The analysis is considered in context of current constitutional debate in Scotland. In addition, the contradiction of UK immigration policy and Scotland’s need for migrant labour is discussed. The research shows that, when compared with each of England’s regions (including London) Scotland has – over recent years – attracted proportionally more international migrants. What is more, the study also shows that, proportionally, the number of young children and families arriving to Scotland is approximately double the rate found in London and exceeds the rate of children/family arrivals in the all of the top 3 destination cities in England. However, analysis shows that migrants to Scotland are on average staying for shorter periods than those moving to England.

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Packwood, H. and Findlay, A. (2014) Immigration to Scotland and the constitutional change debate: Geography, difference and the question of scale. CPC Working Paper Number 42, Southampton: ESRC Centre for Population Change.

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