Author- SEAN MURPHY
The Home Office has been accused of ignoring Scotland’s need for migrant workers after a bespoke immigration plan for northern England was proposed by Priti Patel.
The SNP said that the plans, which would see migrants seeking to come to the United Kingdom after Brexit given extra points if they agreed to move to the north of England rather than London and the southeast, did not take Scotland into account.
It is understood that the home secretary is considering taking steps to ensure that skilled immigrants are spread around the country, however the proposed plans do not appear to show that similar incentives would be extended to Scotland.
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Stuart McDonald, the SNP’s immigration spokesman, said: “The indication by the UK government that there can be variation in the immigration system for different parts of the UK flies in the face of its approach up until now of dismissing Scotland’s unique immigration needs. If this is a change of approach it is welcome, although long overdue.