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Migration Flows

Migration Flows


The statistics in this section are for flow–based migration estimates, which show people moving to or from an area. These statistics are for the year to 30 June (mid-year) and are produced as part of the overall Mid-Year Population Estimates, which are designated as national statistics.

There is a cross-GSS programme of work, being led by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), to transform migration statistics through greater use of administrative data.

Flow-based migration estimates are currently available for the years up to mid-2021. Migration figures for mid-2022, and revised migration figures for mid-2011 to mid-2021, will be published alongside the rebased population estimates for mid-2011 to mid-2021 later in 2024.


Total Migration To or From Scotland (Last updated: 13 July 2022)

Migration within Scotland (Last updated: 13 July 2022)

Rest of the UK Migration (Last updated: 13 July 2022)

International Migration (Last updated: 13 July 2022)


Data Visualisation

An interactive map showing the migration flows between council areas between mid-2020 and mid-2021 is also available.

Government Statistical Service (GSS) Migration Statistics Publication Strategy 

The GSS has published a strategy which sets out the agreed framework for international
migration publications across the UK GSS. The full strategy can be read on the Government Analysis Function website

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