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Migration within Scotland

Migration within Scotland

Last updated: 12 July 2017


Migration within Scotland refers to people moving from one part of Scotland to another. For example people might move from one council area to another or from one NHS Board area to another. These moves do not affect the size of Scotland’s population but do affect the distribution of the population within Scotland.

The main source of data used to produce the National Records of Scotland (NRS) estimates of this sort of migration is General Practitioner (GP) registration information. More information on how these migration estimates are derived can be found in the migration statistics Methodology section of this website.


The migration datasets can be viewed as Excel files (xlsx) or as a comma separated values file (csv).

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Migration between council areas
Dataset includes: Migration flows between council areas, from 2001-02 to latest.
(Excel    CSV)

Migration between NHS Board areas
Dataset includes: Migration flows between NHS Board areas, from 2001-02 to latest.
(Excel    CSV)

Migration between NHS Board areas and the rest of Scotland by sex
Dataset includes: In, out and net migration between NHS Board areas by sex, from 2011-12 to latest. Pre-2011 data can be found in the Archive section of the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website.
(Excel    CSV)

Interactive Map

An alternative way of viewing the migration flows between council areas between mid-2015 and mid-2016 is available through an interactive map

This is a developmental method of displaying this data based on initial work by the Office for National Statistics, and we welcome any feedback that you may have. Please contact us on the e-mail address below if you have any comments or suggestions to improve the map.

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If you have comments or suggestions that would help us improve our outputs or our standards of service please contact:

Kirsty MacLachlan, Senior Statistician, National Records of Scotland,
Room 1/2/3, Ladywell House, Ladywell Road, Edinburgh. EH12 7TF.
Telephone: (0131) 314 4242

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