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In or Out, Scots agree on immigration

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>> When it comes to the EU referendum, this is a country that knows its own mind. Immigration and economics may be dominating the debate across the UK, but north of the border, this argument has a strong Scottish accent.>> I'm Reuters' reporter Rosanna Philpott here in Edinburgh. Out here, they may be on the geographical margin of the continent, but when it comes to European politics, Scots are determined to stay at the very heart of it.
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>> In Scotland there's general agreement that country needs immigration to make up for its aging population. Swede, Ana Christofeson owns six businesses here, but she's not even allowed to vote.>> Well if Britain leaves EU, first and foremost, for us in hospitality industry, it's gonna be issues with recruiting.
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33 out of 100 full members of our staff are from EU countries, and I don't know why England feels that they can survive on their own.>> Scotland needs immigrants, that's one of the few things the Scottish Inn and out campaign can agree on.>> I think Scotland should have more control over their own immigration policy, because our needs and our requirements are not always the same as in the rest of the UK.
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Well, it won't happen because you vote to leave the European Union, but it certainly is something that should happen in the future.>> Ross Thomson is one of the few Scottish MPs rooting for a Brexit. He says although labor is needed, Scotland needs to be more selective.>> When we have shortages in labor, in fishing and also in farmland, so we need to actually get people who are gonna do that work, but also skilled people.
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We have got vacancies in the classrooms, where we don't have teachers, and we have schools on the brink of closure cuz we don't have staff.>> Alongside the looming threat of a Brexit sparking a second Scottish independence referendum, Scots are set to vote in, but their vote only counts for 9%.
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South of the border polls are on a knife edge, and immigration could be the topic to tip the balance.