The economy of Scotland has dropped sharply after droves of EU nationals left the UK owing to Brexit, leading its net migration to fall to a three-year low.
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, is now urging Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, to regain hold over immigration to lure workers badly needed by their country.
On the whole, UK migration declined to 246,000 in the year ended March 2017, a decline of 81,000 compared to the corresponding period last year, according to official estimates on 24 August.
More than 50 percent of the change can be attributed to a net migration fall of 51,000 of EU citizens, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The number of EU nationals leaving Britain rose to 122,000, an increase by 33,000 year-on-year, which is said to be the highest for almost ten years.
Business leaders warned of adverse ramifications if the badly needed migrant laborers continue to stay away. Sturgeon was quoted by The Scotsman as saying that they understood as the demographics of their population dictated that their country has a greater requirement to lure the crème de la crème of talent from all over Europe and the world. That, according to her, was the reasons why she no longer believes that the country’s interests are not best served by a blanket immigration policy. She adds that besides Scotland, freedom should be given to London and other parts of the UK to select what is right for the requirements of each of the economies.
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