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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

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Regional Migration: A Solution for Scotland?

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As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, a substantial redesign of the immigration system is on the cards. IPPR has long argued that different parts of the UK have different requirements from the immigration system, and that they experience migration differently too. Brexit offers an opportunity to consider a regional dimension to our migration system. Would a regionalised immigration policy be both feasible and desirable? Other countries, notably Canada, have a regional migration system – could Scotland follow suit?

On Tuesday 19 September 2017 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh and in partnership with IPPR, migration experts Christina Boswell from the University of Edinburgh, Angela Gawel of the Canadian High Commission and Chris Murray from IPPR will speak about how regional migration systems would work.

A panel discussion will then be held by politicians Michael Russell MSP, Jackson Carlaw MSP (invited) and Paul Sweeney MP (invited), remarking on the benefits and difficulties of regional migration in Scotland.

Open to all and free to attend. Register here


Russell Gunson, Director of IPPR Scotland


• Professor Christina Boswell, University of Edinburgh
• Angela Gawel, Representative of the Canadian High Commission
• Chris Murray, IPPR, on IPPR’s research on regional migration
• Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe
• Jackson Carlaw MSP, Scottish Conservative Party
• Paul Sweeney MP, Scottish Labour Party