Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate. With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.
A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’
“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”
The study will be based on focus group discussions on:
Is a strategy needed?
Is it practicable?
Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
Where does the local population stand on this?
A report will be available at the end of June 2018.
You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.
The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.
Recent titles on how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK include:
A new briefing paper by the House of Lords Library looks both at the possible impact of migration negotiations on the status of sports professional in the UK and at the potential economic impact of Brexit on football, rugby and cricket. The full report is available here.
Risk of school segregation, discrimination and restrictions to political participation can form insurmountable barriers to the integration of migrants in EU society, as a new report from the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) shows.
It examines integration strategies across the EU, providing clear evidence of the successes and failures of current policy and recommending changes in order to build a stronger and more cohesive Europe.
An accompanying infographic illustrates some of the main issues when it comes to integrating migrants and their descendants in the EU.
Malta will hold the rotating EU Council presidency from January to July 2017. This is the first time Malta has held the presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The six priorities identified by the Maltese government for its presidency are:
A briefing note from the European Parliament Think Tanks looks at these priorities and at other ongoing issues the European Parliament will need to address during this time.
You can follow the Maltese presidency on Facebook.
the first ever World Humanitarian Summit commences today in Istanbul.
Today, some 125 million men, women and children worldwide are in need of humanitarian aid. At this critical time, the international community will come together at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May to rethink the way relief aid is delivered. As a major humanitarian donor and key policy-setter, the EU has an important role to play and has agreed with its Member States on a common vision for how to reshape the global humanitarian system.
If you are interested in this subject more information can be found on European Sources Online (ESO). Started and maintained by Ian Thomson of The European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of information available on the EU, the countries of Europe and the issues of concern to their citizens. ESO collects information from a wide variety of reliable sources from all over the web and is updated on a daily basis.
Information from the European Union on migration is available here.
Following the Agenda for Migration, the European Commission has announced specific measures to respond to the current situation. These measures include an emergency relocation scheme to assist Italy and Greece; a resettlement plan, and measures to prevent migrant smuggling.
Under earlier Treaties the UK and Ireland can choose whether they wish to “opt in” to the relocation scheme.