Scotland’s population is at its highest for 34 years according to figures released today. The latest statistics show that there are now 5,222,100 people living in Scotland, an increase of over 28,000 on last year’s figure.
The increase was due in part to immigration but crucially the natural increase of 5,200 more births than deaths was the highest since 1991/92.
Welcoming the statistics an SNP spokesperson said:
“These are excellent figures, which mean a growing population will help fuel our economic recovery. The SNP believes Scotland should have responsibility for immigration policy, and should have an earned citizenship system similar to those in Canada or Australia, allowing us to attract highly skilled workers who can further boost prosperity.”