Thursday, November 14, 2019
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For the first time today the Scottish Affairs Select Committee were meeting on Skye to focus on aging population, the impact of a period of population growth and how businesses can retain talent in the Highlands and Islands.

Among the panellists will be people at the heart of the local community, including representatives from academia, local government and community groups.

The Committee will also hears from Gregg and Kathryn Brain, whose fight against deportation has made headlines around the world, about their experience of immigrating to Scotland.

Committee chair Pete Wishart commented: "I am delighted to be coming to Skye, to meet the people who live here and understand the challenges they face. It is pleasing that the last few decades have seen steady population growth on the island.

"However, it is important that we keep investigating policies that enable inhabitants to live fulfilled lives and attract others to move here.

"I am especially pleased to be hearing from Gregg and Kathryn Brain. During an inquiry such as this it is easy to focus on cold, hard statistics. However, it is equally valuable to hear about the real experiences of those involved in the immigration system, to understand what attracted them to Scotland and hear the challenges they are facing in staying here.

"Our evidence session is open to the public and I would encourage you all to come along to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Monday."

The first session was due to begin at 10.30am for the full schedule go here

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