National Records of Scotland

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Migration within Scotland

Migration within Scotland

Last update: 30 April 2020
Next update: June 2021
Frequency: Annual

Background

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.

List of data tables icon Migration between council areas
Dataset includes: Migration flows between council areas, from 2001-02 to latest.
(Excel    CSV)
List of data tables icon Migration between NHS Board areas
Dataset includes: Migration flows between NHS Board areas, from 2001-02 to latest.
(Excel    CSV)
List of data tables icon 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)

Maximum file size is 242 KB.

Interactive Map

An alternative way of viewing the migration flows between council areas between mid-2018 and mid-2019 is available through an interactive map.

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