Politics

Who Gets To Be A Scottish Citizen In An Independent Scotland?

As the Scottish referendum draws near, people may wonder how independence would affect their nationality. Would you still get to be a Scottish citizen in an independent Scotland?

What happens if you were born in Scotland and moved elsewhere? Or what about if you are a migrant living in Scotland? The Scottish government has provided the answers in a handy chart.

The Scottish government's white paper for independence, unveiled by first minister Alex Salmond, reads: "Deciding who is a citizen is a defining characteristic of an independent state and future Scottish governments will have the power to determine rules on citizenship and nationality."

"At the point of independence, this Government proposes an inclusive model of citizenship for people whether or not they define themselves as primarily or exclusively Scottish or wish to become a Scottish passport holder. People in Scotland are accustomed to multiple identities, be they national, regional, ethnic, linguistic or religious, and a commitment to a multi-cultural Scotland will be a cornerstone of the nation on independence."

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