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Migration Statistics

Migration Statistics


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The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in line with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (available on the UK Statistics Authority website).


These detailed migration tables have been updated to include data from the latest mid-2017 population estimates, which were published in April 2018. Further information, including commentary on these statistics, can be found on this website in the Registrar General’s Annual Review and the Mid-Year Population Estimates publications for the relevant year.

Total Migration To or From Scotland (Last Updated: 25 July 2018)

Migration within Scotland (Last Updated: 25 July 2018)

Migration between Scotland and the Rest of the UK (Last Updated: 25 July 2018)

Migration between Scotland and Overseas (Last Updated: 25 July 2018)

Local Area Migration (Last Updated: 23 August 2018)

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Other Useful Information

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Data Visualisation

An interactive map showing the migration flows between council areas between mid-2015 and mid-2016 can be accessed in the Infographics and Visualisations section of this website. Further details can be found in the Migration within Scotland section.


Producing high quality migration statistics is of increasing importance, for policy development and for planning and providing public services.

Migration is the most difficult component of population change to estimate; there is no comprehensive system which registers migration in the UK. Estimates of migration therefore have to be based on survey data and the best proxy data that exist.

The statistics in this section detail the latest estimates of migration within Scotland, between Scotland and the rest of the UK and between Scotland and overseas. The migration statistics Methodology section on this website explains how these estimates are produced.

Estimates of migration for the UK, England and Wales are available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website, and for Northern Ireland from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) website.

Work is taking place to improve the quality of migration statistics through greater use of administrative data as part of a cross Government Statistical Service (GSS) programme. This includes representation from the devolved administrations, with National Records of Scotland representing Scottish issues. More information on latest developments with the migration statistics transformation programme can be found on the ONS website.

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Alan Ferrier, Senior Statistician, National Records of Scotland,
Room 1/2/3, Ladywell House, Ladywell Road, Edinburgh. EH12 7TF.
Telephone: (0131) 314 4530

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