Migrants 'more likely to have degrees' in Scotland

Migrants to Scotland are generally more qualified than people born in the country, or who have lived in Britain for more than 10 years, figures show.

Census data reveals those described as of African origin had the highest proportion of qualified people (55%).

Of the "white" population, only 25% were educated to degree level or equivalent, according to the Registrar General for Scotland's figures.

People over the age of 65 were least likely to have such qualifications.

Of the 4.4m people in Scotland aged 16 and over, just over a quarter (1.1m) held qualifications, such as a university degree or above, while a similar proportion (1.2m) indicated that they had no qualifications.

The figures revealed that 334,826 people living in Scotland at the time of the 2011 Census had been born outwith the UK.

No qualifications

Just under half of these (163,828) were educated to degree level.

Only 8% of those aged over 16 in Scotland who had been resident in the UK for less than two years had no qualifications, compared to 28% for peopel who had been born in the UK.

People in the "White" ethnic group category had the lowest proportion of people aged 16 and over with degrees - at 25%. The figure fell to 22% with the sub-group "White: Scottish".

A slightly higher proportion of women (27%) than men (26%) had no qualifications.

But a slightly higher proportion of females (27%) than males (25%) were educated to degree level.

Graham O'Neill of the Scottish Refugee Council said: "We welcome these latest figures from Census Scotland.

"They confirm what we, refugees, and many Scots - including Scottish Ministers - already know: that refugees tend to be highly educated.

"They have always stood ready to contribute their skills and experience to benefit all here, and we are delighted that Scotland has recognised this and come together to harness this potential through the Refugee Integration Strategy, which is running from 2014 to 2017."

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