Independent Scotland 'would need 500,000 migrants'

Scotland needs almost 500,000 migrants over the next 20 years to achieve the same age balance as the UK, according to the Treasury.

It means an independent Scotland would have to treble its rate of net annual migration to reach the same ratio of pensioners to working-age adults as Britain.

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The dependency ratio compares people predominantly receiving from the state with people paying most of the taxes into the state. Credit: PA

The ageing population is one of five key areas considered in the Treasury's latest analysis assessing the implications of an independent Scotland.

The Treasury said that currently "all of this challenge is simply smoothed away within the union and borne across the population as a whole."

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Independent Scotland 'would need to triple migration'

Scotland needs almost 500,000 migrants over the next 20 years to achieve the same balance of pensioners and working-age adults as the UK, according to the Treasury.