Scotland has seen migration to its shores increase to its highest ever figure as its population reached 5,404,700 in the year ending June 2016.
Data released by the National Records of Scotland showed an increase of 31,700 compared to the same period in 2015. The rise was powered by net migrants relocating to Scotland.
City-wise, Edinburgh saw population increasing by the highest rate as it rose by 1.6 percent in 2016 to reach 615,000.
Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, was quoted by The Scotland as saying that these figures emphasises the crucial role played by migration in the growth of Scotland’s population. He said that although it was heartening to see that people were living longer, the country needs to make sure that they could raise the population of their working age to strengthen their economy and society now and also in the future.
She said that Scotland was already benefitting considerably from the contribution of people from all over Europe who opted to work, study and reside in Scotland, bringing with them different expertise and skills to support its future economic growth. Hyslop added that the Scottish government was committed to welcoming migration to increase its population growth further.
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