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Fears Highlands are heading for spate of winter redundancies

Campaigners say Covid and Brexit are hollowing out Scottish region’s essential migrant workforce

The Highlands are heading for further winter redundancies as local tourism businesses shed jobs during the latest wave of coronavirus, compounding the hollowing out of the essential migrant workforce caused by Brexit, campaigners have warned.

Unions are reporting an increase in people being sacked rather than furloughed, with many of those laid off being EU nationals who are now forced to leave Scotland with no guarantee they can return after Brexit. With European workers fundamental to the Highland economy and society, this is likely to compound what analysts have described as the demographic timebomb facing the region.

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