Needs of island communities must be considered in immigration proposals – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has responded to the Government’s new proposals on immigration, highlighting the potential impact on rural communities and specific industries.

Mr. Carmichael said:

“I am concerned about how these immigration proposals were developed. To call the thinking behind the policy short-sighted is an understatement.

“As the son of farmers and having worked in the hotel trade before going into politics, I know all too well the harm that a blunt-force approach to immigration could have for these industries, amongst others. Small local businesses reliant on a flexible approach to employment risk bearing the costs of this policy.”

He continued:

“In past months many of my constituents have contacted me to voice their concerns about the impact that sweeping changes to immigration rules could have on island communities. Even setting aside the potential harm to the cultural fabric of the isles, the long-term viability of some inhabited islands could be at risk. I will be making the case to the Government that the needs of our communities need to be considered before any such major changes are made.”

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