Watch Nicola Sturgeon tell the Queen how immigration is crucial for Scotland


"We are one Scotland", Nicola Sturgeon claimed proudly as she dedicated her speech at the official opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament to explaining why European immigration has made the country stronger.

Speaking in front of the Queen, the First Minister listed countries that people had moved from to live in Scotland and described the important jobs they undertake to demonstrate that it is "diversity that shapes" the nation and all of its five million inhabitants.

During the EU referendum, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU and Sturgeon has since spoken about how to make that possible, despite England's decision to leave.

But today she spoke to assure the Scottish Parliament, and the monarch, that Scotland is an "open and inclusive" nation that she is "determined" it will remain that way.