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International Migration

International Migration

Last update: 13 July 2022
Next update: September 2023
Frequency: Annual

Background 

International migration refers to people moving between Scotland and any country outside the UK.

List of data tables icon International migration by sex
Dataset includes: In, out and net migration between Scottish administrative areas and internationally by sex, from 2001-02 to most recent. Please note that NHS Board level data for migration between 2001-02 and 2010-11 can be found in the Archive section of the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website.
List of data tables icon International migration by age
Dataset includes: In, out and net migration between Scotland and internationally by age group, from 2001-02 to most recent, and migration between Scotland and internationally by single year of age and sex, from 2001-02 to most recent.

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Other Information

Below are links to data available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website. Long-Term International Migration (LTIM) is a method used by ONS to estimate international migration to and from the UK. Further details of how the International Passenger Survey (IPS) and LTIM are used in NRS estimates of migration can be found in the Methodology section of this website.

In March 2020 the IPS was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. International migration for March to June 2020 was modelled using alternative data sources. More information on this methodology can be found on the ONS website.

International migration estimates for the year ending June 2021 are using a different method to those previously published. They rely less on IPS data and make greater use of administrative data. This means that the latest figures on international migration may not be comparable with previous estimates produced from the IPS or more recently using some statistical modelling (for the year ending June 2020).

Long-Term International Migration (LTIM) estimates

International Passenger Survey (IPS) estimates

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