MOST Scots think jobless EU migrants should be sent back to their home country after Brexit, according to a shock new opinion poll.
The findings cast a major doubt over Nicola Sturgeon’s claim that Scotland is more welcoming to foreign people than other parts of the United Kingdom.
A survey funded by Brexit campaigner Mev Brown found 45 per cent of voters agreed that EU citizens out of work for six months or more should have to return to their country of origin.
A further 30 per cent think the long term unemployed should have to apply for a visa while 25 per cent think they should be allowed to remain indefinitely.
The BMG poll of 1,041 Scots voters carried out last week also found that 46 per cent believe homeless EU migrants or those living in temporary accommodation should be sent packing after Brexit.
A further 28 per cent think they should have to apply for a visa while 27 per cent think they should be given the right to remain.
When it comes to convicted criminals from the EU, an overwhelming 81 per cent of Scots believe they should have to return to their country of origin.
Only seven per cent believe convicted criminals should be allowed to stay without question, while 13 per cent think they should have to apply for a visa.
EU citizens in full or part time work and claiming in-work benefits should be given the right to remain indefinitely, according to 46 per cent of Scots.
The biggest vote of confidence was for EU migrants in full or part time work who are not claiming any benefits, with 71 per cent backing them to stay.
A further 26 per cent believe this group should have to apply for a visa, while only two per cent think they should be asked to leave Scotland.
The poll findings reveal that women are much more likely than men to think EU citizens should have to return home or apply for a visa after Brexit.
In the months since the vote to leave the EU, the SNP has repeatedly attempted to make political capital out of the uncertain status of 173,000 EU citizens in Scotland.