These statistics were recently assessed by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) and are designated as National Statistics subject to meeting the requirements set out in the Assessment of Compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics report, 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.
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.
Total Migration To or From an Area (Last Updated: 24 July 2012)
Migration within Scotland (Last Updated: 24 July 2012)
Migration between Scotland and the Rest of the UK (Last Updated: 29 November 2012)
Migration between Scotland and Overseas (Last Updated: 24 July 2012)
Local Area Migration (Last Updated: 30 August 2012)
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