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Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development

Current role holder: Ben Macpherson MSP

Ben Macpherson  MSP

Ben Macpherson was appointed Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development in June 2018.

Responsibilities

Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • migration policy
  • international development
  • cross government co-ordination on the European Union
  • Fair Trade
  • Scottish diaspora

Biography

He is a qualified solicitor and has worked in a number of roles in the private, public and third sectors, including as a commercial lawyer. His previous employment also includes working in the renewable energy sector, in a school, for an NGO and in financial services.

He studied at both the University of Edinburgh and the University of York.

Ben, who is from Edinburgh, was elected as MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith in May 2016.