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: […]

Perspective: MPS Launches

By Rebecca Ferguson-Grant, MPS Events Officer Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Shared Ground Fund, Migration Policy Scotland (MPS) is an independent think tank, founded by Dr Sarah Kyambi to promote a constructive approach to migration. MPS launched on 29 October. After a year and a half of endless Zoom meetings, people were excited to meet […]

MPS Programme 2021-23

Our programme is now available. It outlines our aim to provide a home for open discussion and informed response to the opportunities and challenges migration brings and explains our priorities and way of working. MPS seeks to provide thought leadership and infrastructure development and focus on migration systems and migration experiences. Our initial priorities are […]

Scoping Report: Migration Policy Scotland Project

Migration Policy Scotland Project: Scoping work in 2019 found widespread agreement on the need for more migration policy capacity in Scotland (outside of protection migration). Based on the views of over 50 people, this report explores the focus such policy work could take. It discusses the key opportunities and challenges involved and concludes with a table of options for increasing policy capacity. […]