Responding to the publication of a ‘points-based immigration system’ by the Home Office, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:
“It comes as little surprise that the institutionally racist Home Office wants to make it harder for people from other countries to move here. The impact of this policy will be devastating for Scotland.
“This idiotic tory immigration plan will come as a hammer blow to the Scottish economy at a time when the coronavirus crisis and the impact of Brexit are already causing so much damage.
“From the NHS to social care, and agriculture to tourism immigrants play a fundamental role in Scotland’s economy.
“But more importantly the social and cultural benefits of welcoming people from around the world is clear. Immigrants are our friends, our neighbours and our families. And the message the UK Government is sending them – that they are not welcome - is shameful.
“It’s becoming clearer every week that most people in Scotland believe that we must take our future into our own hands. Scotland can do so much better, and I look forward to the day soon when we build a welcoming immigration system in an independent Scotland.”