Details of an independent
immigration policies were published by the Scottish National Party yesterday as
part of a white paper on ’s
will create a system that better reflects the country’s migration needs, which
are different to those other parts of the , says the paper. UK
This new approach to immigration is in line with the country’s economic rationale for population growth.
“We plan to lower the current financial maintenance thresholds and minimum salary levels for entry, to better align them with Scottish average wages and cost of living,” says the paper with regards to non-EU migration.
The current entry requirements for non-EU nationals are the same for migration to all parts of the
despite regional variations in
In the event of independence,
Scotland plans to remain part of the Common
Travel Area between the UK
and Ireland, which would
remove the need for border checks between England
“As a full member of the EU, Scottish borders will remain open to EU nationals exercising their treaty rights,” says the paper.
“Migrants have played an important part throughout Scottish history in enriching and renewing our culture and boosting the economy of the country. We will welcome people who want to come to work and live in
it adds. Scotland
Other Home Affairs’ policies laid out in the paper include a points-based system for skilled workers, post-study work visas for foreign graduates of Scottish universities, a humane approach to refugees and asylum seekers, and an inclusive approach to citizenship.
The referendum for Scottish independence is scheduled for 18 September 2014.