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Migrants Account for One-in-Five Business Start-ups in Scotland

That the Parliament welcomes a recent report by the Federation of Small Businesses on migrant entrepreneurship in Scotland, which suggests that immigrant-led firms generate £13 billion for the economy and 107,000 jobs; understands that the research, which was carried out by the Hunter Centre at the University of Strathclyde, was the first-of-its kind in Scotland and examined the economic and cultural contributions of migrant entrepreneurs; notes that it found that Scotland attracts entrepreneurs from across the world, with 70% from two regional blocks, the EU, with 38%, and the Middle East and Asia, with 32%, and that a significant proportion, 12%, come from Africa; believes that around half of these entrepreneurs are located in three cities, with 21% in Edinburgh,16% in Glasgow and 9% in Aberdeen; understands that migrants account for one-in-five start-ups in Scotland, and welcomes their contribution to the country's economy, communities and culture.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, Jenny Gilruth, Emma Harper, Sandra White, Fulton MacGregor, Gil Paterson, Gillian Martin, Tom Arthur, Angela Constance

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