MPS Programme 2023-26

Our second 3-year programme outlines our vision, approach and priorities for 2023-26. Migration Policy Scotland is a home for informed responses to migration and the opportunities and challenges it brings. We draw on different perspectives to ensure that our work is grounded in learning, lived experience and the realities of migration in Scotland.

Tackling rural depopulation

Think piece by Rebecca Kay, commissioned by Welsh Centre for Public Policy as part of their Welsh Government-funded research into international approaches to population ageing and decline. Drawing on international research, institutional approaches and practical examples this short think piece suggests that whilst migration can play a strategic role in mitigating the effects of rural […]

Perspectives: Complementary Pathways in Scotland

Blog by Sarah Kyambi, Migration Policy Scotland It is surprising in light of the draconian approach to small boat crossings and asylum generally to realise that at the same time the UK’s immigration system has evolved to open up ‘complementary pathways’.

Attitudes to Immigration: A view from Scotland

Migration Policy Scotland research finds Scottish attitudes to immigration have warmed considerably. This is the first representative survey of attitudes to immigration since 2014. The report details the findings of an online survey carried out through Diffley Partnership’s Scotpulse panel between 17-19 January 2023 gathering the views of 1,162 adults across all 8 Scottish Parliamentary […]

Perspectives: Fit for purpose? Insights on the present and future of ESOL and migration in Scotland.  

Blog by Francesca Stella, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow and Prof. Rebecca Kay, University of Glasgow English language tuition for adult migrants is an area of education closely connected to policies around immigration control, citizenship, and migrant ‘integration’ (Simpson 2019:26). The terrain of language learning and migrant ‘integration’ is deeply political, because it is bound […]

Perspectives: Hong Kongers in Scotland

Blog by Gregory B. Lee, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews and Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities (HKAH) On 10 March 2023 Migration Policy Scotland held its first hybrid event.  Focused on the Hong Kong BN(O) route that opened on 31st January 2021 this event brought together […]

Perspective: MPS Event on Rural Lives: Retaining Diverse Populations

Blog by Rebecca Kay, MPS Senior Researcher On 30th September,  in a week where the Scottish Parliament endorsed a proposal for a bespoke rural visa pilot scheme for Scotland, MPS organized an event bringing together experts from the worlds of policy-making, research, and economic and  community development to discuss ways of attracting and retaining diverse […]

BBC Scotland: Radio Interview, 1 September 2022

MPS Senior Researcher Rebecca Kay discusses migration’s role in facing Scotland’s predicted population challenges. BBC Scotland: Gary Robertson and Laura Maxwell interview Prof. Mairi Spowage (Director, Fraser of Allander Institute) and MPS Senior Researcher Prof. Rebecca Kay (Chair, Migration and Population Expert Advisory Group), on the forecast decline of Scotland’s population and what can be […]

Scotland’s Migration Futures

In MPS’ Launch publication leading experts give their views on what lies ahead on migration for Scotland. What trends do they see in the underlying drivers and what impacts are expected? Analysis of the main challenges and opportunities and the options for Scotland. This edited collection illuminates future prospects on migration for Scotland in relation to: […]