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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02398: ()

Date lodged: 19 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it will support EU citizens in Scotland post-Brexit.

Answered by: Graeme Dey 26 September 2018

For EU citizens currently living in Scotland this is a particularly worrying and uncertain time. The Scottish Government wants those who have made Scotland their home to be able to stay and continue their positive contributions to our society.

As outlined in this year’s Programme for Government, we will develop an advice and support service for the 235,000 EU citizens resident in Scotland. This is just one of the practical steps we are taking to ensure that they feel welcome, supported and valued. In addition, we will bring forward an Electoral Franchise Bill to give fair access to voting rights for all those who have a legal right to live in Scotland.

We value the EU citizens who are making a positive contribution to our economy, our communities and to our public service and will encourage individuals from across the EU to move to Scotland. We are therefore working with partners to develop a ‘Welcome to Scotland’ resource to ensure people who come here feel supported.

We will also continue to tackle the misconceptions on migration in Scotland and will build on the success of the ‘We are Scotland’ campaign, to promote an inclusive vision of Scottish identity.