The First Minister has called for a meeting with Boris Johnson on immigration policy following reform proposals from Westminster.
This week, the UK Government announced proposals for the new points based immigration system, which were condemned by the Scottish Government.
In a letter to Number 10 published on Sunday, Nicola Sturgeon said the new system will hit the Scottish economy hardest, particularly on social care – where 90 per cent of roles in the sectors would not meet the minimum salary requirements to be filled by migrants.
Sturgeon called on the Prime Minister to meet with her and leading Scottish business figures in Downing Street to discuss Scotland’s immigration needs.
The Scottish Government published proposals for a bespoke Scottish visa system last month, which were rejected by Downing Street within hours.
The First Minister wrote: “The immigration policy announced by your government this week has caused concern in many sectors across Scotland’s economy.
“More than half of all roles in Scotland would not meet the salary threshold you have set, rising to as many as 90 per cent in our vital social care sector.
“Many other sectors of the economy are clear that the plan to end free movement and introduce this new system in its place has not been designed with the interests of Scotland in mind.”