An expert report proposes new measures.
Migrant families in Scotland could be better supported by a series of changes to the UK government’s immigration rules, a group of independent experts has said.
The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Migration and Population has come up with 10 proposals to encourage and support families moving to Scotland.
The EAG report suggests tailored programs to enable families to migrate to remote and rural areas, removing the minimum income requirement for immigrants to help family reunification, and increased support for families to find suitable work.
Migrant families often experience prolonged periods of separation from each other, struggle to navigate child care and education systems, and need help forging support and friendships in their community, adds the report.
Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Angus Robertson said:
“I welcome this insightful and useful report, which proposes actions that should be taken at UK, Scottish and local authority level, and we will seek to take them forward as we grow our service. migration to Scotland.
âFamilies play a crucial role in migration, and we must take into account the well-being of the migrant family as a whole. It is clear that the presence of partners, children and parents makes a huge difference in how migrants cope in their new homes.
‘The Scottish Government’s population strategy aims to increase net migration to Scotland and encourage settlement, particularly in areas facing depopulation – this target has become more urgent given the continued decline in migration to Scotland from EU countries after Brexit and the end of free movement.
‘While in the short term we want to work with local authorities and the UK government on this and other population and migration issues, it is clear that Scotland needs its own immigration system. , tailored and distinctive, which meets our needs. â
The report of the Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population on Family Migration has been published online.
Its recommendations include:
- Enable the migration of families to remote and rural areas through tailor-made programs, drawing on good Canadian practices
- Removal of the minimum income requirement
- Provide better information to family members before arrival, so they can begin to identify potential employment, childcare or schools and accommodation
- Help family members find suitable work
- Facilitate access to childcare, by providing better information, support networks and guaranteeing migrant families access to early education and child support
- Establish counseling centers, provide a range of services and support to migrants, including tailor-made integration plans
- Promote networks of community and migrant peers, building on good practices with networks of English to Speakers of Other Languages ââ(ESOL)
- Help find suitable accommodation
- Reduce the costs of applying for an indefinite residence permit and citizenship
- Bring together good practices, in order to link and extend successful initiatives
The Advisory Group of Independent Experts on Migration and Population was established in October 2018.
The aim is to provide independent expert analysis and advice to Scottish government ministers on migration and population.