Immigration strategy doesn’t feel right

I can’t put my finger on it, but something about Scotland’s new immigration strategy doesn’t feel right. They are attempting to attract “descendents of Scottish emigrants to countries such as Canada, Australia, South Africa and even England to their homeland as part of a “fresh talent” initiative. “

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a big believer in attracting expats back to places like Scotland or New Brunswick for that matter but these attempts to create monolithic communities in the 21st century strike me as a bit out if sync with the modern times. The ability for communities to be based on multiple ethnic groups, I think, provides real value and over time breaks down some of the entrenched prejudices that occur when we have these divisions.

What would be wrong with attracting Indians, Chinese and Brazilians to Scotland?

On the other hand, maybe I’m just tired tonight….

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0 Responses to Immigration strategy doesn’t feel right

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think you are just tired, after all, what’s good for the goose…
    It’s actually kind of funny, if it weren’t so sad. New Brunswick attracts back emigrants from the province and once they get here, they get some brochures from Scotland-why not go all the way back! You’re family was booted out of the country by British landowners, but now we welcome you back (without the land of course).

    But if it’s ok for New Brunswick to be attracting back emigrant New Brunswickers, then it’s pretty much the same thing happening from Scotland-it’s just more competition, which of course isn’t GOOD for NB. But Scotland’s got serious problems too, maybe even as bad as NB. I know a gentleman from Scotland (emigrated in 1974) and he says it is virtually deserted. In fact, a British landowner caused a row by suggesting that it just be turned into a tourist area for the british (which it essentially already is). However, I do see an awful lot of scottish products here-shortbread, oatmeal, etc.

    In fact, NB grows a fair amount of barley, and has quite a bit of wheat, so why can’t NB be known for ITS scotch? (oh right, that takes investment)