Eastern European migrant workers and the Scottish tourism industry: The economic impact

11th May 2009.

In recent years Scotland and the UK as a whole has seen an influx of migrant workers from Eastern Europe. Foreign nationals in general made up 3.5 per cent of the UK workforce in 1996 and in 2006 they made up 6 per cent. In 2005/06, 662,000 new national insurance numbers were issued to foreign nationals, almost twice as many as in 2002/03.