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  • Project contributors: Findlay A, Bijak J, McCollum D, Wright R, Bell D, Packwood H, Tindal S,

    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Constitutional Change


    This suite of research projects aimed to inform the debate in the run up to the Scottish referendum. The evidence produced advised on likely future planning need in the area of migration, considering the likely influence of constitutional change.

    Several research questions were explored;

    1) Is migration in Scotland is different from the rest of the UK and do the views of Scottish people to migration may differ from the views held in other constituent countries?

    2) What are Scottish employers views on UK immigration policies and how do employers think constitutional change might influence their employment of migrants?

    3) How might a change in UK immigration rules impact Scottish Higher Education Institutions?

    4) How might migration to and from Scotland be affected by the outcome of the referendum?

    Publications & Activities

    McCollum D, Blinder S, (2014) Chapter 13 - Question 13: Does Scotland need a separate immigration policy? And if the vote is Yes could we have one? in Scotland's Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 September
    Birlinn Limited

    Wright R, (2014) Immigration Policy and the Labour Market: Options for Scotland in The Economic Consequences of Scottish Independence
    Helmut Schmidt Universitat, 61-70.

    McCollum D, (2014) Chapter 12 - The scope for a differential immigration policy for Scotland in BEYOND SMITH:Contributions to the continuing process of Scottish devolution
    Centre on Constitutional Change, 41-43.

    Financial Literacy and Political Attitudes: Immigration. Scottish Independence and EU-Exit
    ESRC: The Impacts of Economics on the Scottish Referendum and Lessons for the Future (2014). (Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh)
    Authors: Wright R,

    Immigration, Scotland and the constitutional change debate: Geography, difference and the question of scale
    IGU Regional Conference (2014). (Krakow, Poland)
    Authors: Findlay A, Packwood H,

    The political-economy of immigration policy: the Scottish example
    IGU Regional Conference (2014). (Krakow, Poland)
    Authors: McCollum D, Tindal S,

    Attitudes towards migration and the independence debate
    The Independence Referendum Campaign: Help or Hindrance? (2014). (Royal Society of Edinburgh)
    Authors: McCollum D,

    Immigration, Scotland and the Constitutional Change Debate
    SRA Scotland Evening Seminar (2014). (The Melting Pot, Edinburgh)
    Authors: Packwood H,

    Independent Scotland's Citizenship and Immigration Policies
    European and External Relations Committee (2014). (Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh)
    Authors: Wright R,

    Demographic Implications of Scottish Independence
    The demographic implications of Scottish independence. An ILC-UK debate supported by Partnership as part of the Population Patterns Seminar Series (2014). (The Dome, New Register House, Edinburgh)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Welfare and Pensions
    What happens if Scotland votes no? (2014). (Trades Hall, Merchant City, Glasgow)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Borders and Immigration
    What happens if Scotland votes no? (2014). (Trades Hall, Merchant City, Glasgow)
    Authors: McCollum D,

    Should Scotland have its own immigration policy?
    The Politicians and Professionals Seminar Series Migration (2014). (Royal Society of Edinburgh)
    Authors: Bell D, Findlay A, McCollum D, Bijak J,

    Where does migration sit within the debate over the future of the UK and Scotland
    COMPAS Breakfast Briefing (2014). (COMPAS, University of Oxford)
    Authors: Findlay A, McCollum D, Bijak J,

    The Economic and Demographic Impacts of Migration
    Migration and the Referendum Debate Conference (2014). (COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh)
    Authors: Findlay A, McCollum D,