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 2012 and can be found on the ONS website. The estimates on the ONS website include further detail on the area of origin than shown in Table 1 and Table 2 below, as the data is split into Republic of Ireland, non-European Union (EU), and EU classifications.
Estimates from 2004 to 2012 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 2012 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 375,000 in 2012, an increase of 171,000. Similarly the number of people with non-British nationality living in Scotland was estimated to have grown from 127,000 in 2004 to 285,000 in 2012, an increase of 158,000.
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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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