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The United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA) 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 UKSA website).


It is increasingly important to have high quality statistics on migration and the population, for policy development and for planning and providing public services. Achieving this aim is challenging in the context of increasingly complex lifestyles and changes in migration to and from the UK over the last decade.

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 links below provide access to 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.

Summary Statistics

An overview of statistical trends in migration to, from and within Scotland can be accessed from the High Level Summary of Statistical Trends of our website.

More information and statistics

Detailed information on migration can be found in the tables below. Further information, including commentary on these statistics, can be found on this website in the Registrar General’s Annual Review and also in the Mid-Year Population Estimates publications for the relevant year.

24 July 2014 Update

These detailed migration tables have been updated to include migration estimates for 2013, following the publication of the 2013 mid-year population estimates in April.

New NHS Board areas came into force in April 2014. These new 2014 NHS Boards have been used for 2012/13 data only, with the pre-2006 NHS Board areas being used for data up to and including 2011/12, as publishing older data using the 2014 NHS Board areas would create a disclosure risk. Some of the changes made to NHS Board boundaries involve a small number of postcodes being moved between NHS Board areas, so it would potentially be possible to identify moves to/from these postcodes by taking the difference between data produced using the different NHS Board area definitions.

The migration estimates published in some of these detailed tables will not match exactly the totals published in tables 4c and 5c of the mid-year estimates publication for mid-2012 which was published in August 2013. This is because, when compiling these detailed tables, a minor error was discovered in the previously published mid-year migration estimates for 2012. As the impact of this error is negligible on the migration estimates and has 'no impact at all on the population estimates' we have not corrected the migration estimates used in the mid-year estimates publication for 2012 but we have corrected the migration estimates in the appropriate detailed tables. Footnotes clearly label those tables affected. The very small error only affected migration estimates for 5 Council areas (East Dunbartonshire, City of Edinburgh, Glasgow City, Stirling, and West Lothian) and four NHS Board areas (NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, and NHS Lanarkshire) with a maximum difference of 5 people in one Council area and 3 people in two of the NHS Board areas for the net migration estimates.

Total Migration To or From an Area (Last Updated: 24 July 2014)

Migration within Scotland (Last Updated: 24 July 2014)

Migration between Scotland and the Rest of the UK (Last Updated: 24 July 2014)

Migration between Scotland and Overseas (Last Updated: 24 July 2014)

Local Area Migration (Last Updated: 27 February 2014)

Other Useful Information

Migration Statistics Improvements

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Unrevised migration estimates based on the 2001 Census

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Statistics Useful Links

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Telephone: (0131) 314 4242


Page last updated: 23 July 2014

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