Note: Further to recent consultations with our customers, it has been decided that all Population by Country of Birth and Nationality tables will now only be published on an annual basis.
Estimates of the population by Country of Birth and Nationality from the Annual Population Survey (APS) are published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures differ from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) mid-year population estimates as the APS excludes students in halls who do not have a parent resident in the UK and people in most other types of communal establishments (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, care homes, prisons, mobile home sites etc).
The ONS estimates include Scotland and since August 2012 have been updated on an annual basis. The latest figures are for the year to end of December 2013 and can be found on the ONS website. The estimates on the ONS website include further detail on the country of birth and nationality than shown in Table 1 and Table 2 below, as the data is split into UK, non-UK (or British, non-British), EU27, EU14, EU8, EU2, and non-EU classifications.
In 2013, an estimated 353,000 (6.8 per cent) of the usually resident population of Scotland were born outside of the UK, a decrease of 22,000 on the previous year representing no statistically significant change. 182,000 of those non-UK born residents were born outside of the EU (51.6 per cent). An estimated 266,000 (5.1 per cent) of the usually resident population of Scotland held non-British nationality, a decrease of 19,000 on the previous year representing no statistically significant change. 101,000 of those non-British nationals usually resident in Scotland held non-EU nationality (38.0 per cent).
The 5 most common countries of birth were Poland (74,000 – 21.0 per cent of the non-UK born population in Scotland and 1.4 per cent of the usually resident population), Germany (19,000), India (18,000), Pakistan (18,000) and Republic of Ireland (17,000).The most common nationalities are from Poland (84,000), Republic of Ireland (15,000), India (12,000), United States of America (11,000) and Pakistan (10,000).
Estimates from 2004 to 2013 for population by country of birth and nationality are summarised in Table 1 and Table 2 below and more detail is on the ONS website. The estimates show a significant difference between 2004 and 2013 in the number of people living in Scotland who were born outside the UK. In 2004, 204,000 people living in Scotland were estimated to have been born outside of the UK compared with 353,000 in 2013, an increase of 149,000. Similarly the number of people with non-British nationality living in Scotland was estimated to have grown from 127,000 in 2004 to 266,000 in 2013, an increase of 139,000.
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Council area level estimates, broken down into the two categories ‘UK’ and ‘Non-UK’, can be found in the tables below.
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