Scotland and the UK should be prepared to welcome refugees. The alternative of helping displaced people nearer to their country of origin can be fairer and more positive for all concerned, and so should always be considered.
As well as contributing economically, immigrants bring much to our culture, often including positive values of family, responsibility, education and industry that have been eroded somewhat in Scotland. However, immigration should be carefully controlled and illegal immigration minimised.
A strong sense of shared national identity and common culture is important in sustaining a healthy and wealthy democratic nation. The government should promote traditional Scottish culture and unifying national events.
Immigration can have a negative effect on poor countries as they lose able and educated citizens. UK immigration policy should be formed in consultation with countries of origin.
It can be easier and cheaper to import qualified workers than to train locals. However, it is unfair and short-sighted to neglect education and training and systematically rely on immigration to fill skills gaps.
Immigration works best when immigrants assimilate, otherwise social, economic and community relations problems can emerge, to no-one’s benefit. The larger and less integrated an immigrant community is, the faster the rate of immigration into that community will tend to be.
It is important that the rate of immigration does not outpace the rate of assimilation, so the level of immigration into existing diaspora communities should be carefully controlled.
Our nation is founded on values and principles that have made it prosperous and free. It is our responsibility to pass on these benefits for our children and grandchildren.
Free online English classes should be provided as learning English must be a priority.
The Scottish Government sees mass immigration as the only available solution to population decline. Reducing abortion and increasing family sizes could also lead to a sustainable population level.
Economic migrants currently fill many entry-level jobs. Meanwhile, the state pays benefits to people who cannot find work. These job seekers need to be brought into employment, for the benefit of themselves, their dependents and the taxpayer. They must be helped to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to successfully perform such roles, and, if necessary, competition from economic migrants should be eased.