Page last updated at 09:32 GMT, Thursday, 10 April 2008 10:32 UK

Highlands show a 'new dynamism'

A Highlands scene (Pic: Iain Maclean)
Historically, the Highlands has been known for out-migration

The Highlands have been described as "one of modern Britain's success stories", by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Des Browne.

He told a breakfast meeting of Inverness Chamber of Commerce the region and Inverness now boasted a "new dynamism".

Mr Browne, who had a series of engagements in the area, said most people of working age were employed.

Historically, the Highlands has suffered from out-migration.

This has seen young people leaving to find places at university or jobs.

Mr Browne told the chamber of commerce: "From a situation of out-migration and unemployment, the Highlands now boasts a new dynamism.

"A bustling area which many have chosen to make their home in recent years provides evidence of that."


SEE ALSO
Youngsters 'are key' to crofting
18 Dec 07 |  Highlands and Islands
Boom town facts about Inverness
14 Sep 07 |  Highlands and Islands
Isles women may get incentives
08 Feb 07 |  Highlands and Islands
Migrants stop population decline
16 May 06 |  Highlands and Islands

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific