Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus B MacNeil is writing to the Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack following his recent comments regarding the UK Government’s immigration policy.
Mr Jack recently stated that the immigration system is good news for the Scottish economy and that it will be less restrictive than at present. The current UK Shortage Occupation List includes classical ballet dancers but makes no reference to the fishing industry.
Commenting Angus MacNeil said:
“The West Coast of Scotland’s fishing industry has for years been crying out for crew and I have repeatedly called on the Home Office to listen to these concerns, yet boats are tied up due to lack of crew – this is damaging to the fishing boat owners, the processing sector and our economy.
“The fishing industry need crew now – while I do not wish to take anything away from the Arts, prioritisation of classical ballet dancers is not what our economy needs.
“I will be writing to the Secretary of State for Scotland to ask him to clarify when fishermen will be added to the list of skilled workers. Only then will the new immigration system benefit the Scottish fishing industry.”