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Population by Country of Birth and Nationality, Scotland, July 2019 to June 2020

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality, Scotland, July 2019 to June 2020

Notice – 17 September 2021

A new weighting methodology has been introduced which calibrates to UK, EU and non-EU-born weighting populations for periods from January 2020. The July 2019 to June 2020 dataset has therefore been updated with this new methodology. Due to this new weighting methodology, breakdowns of population estimates at lower levels are likely to be subject to greater uncertainty. Therefore, caution should be taken when making comparisons with these data. No other documents have been updated and are still available below. More information on the reweighting can be found in the latest release and on the ONS website.

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Last update: 14 January 2021
Next update: September 2021

Estimates of the Scottish population by Country of Birth and Nationality from the Annual Population Survey (APS). This provides information on the number of non-UK born and non-British nationals living in Scotland and each council area. The latest estimates are for the year ending June 2020. Comparable UK estimates can be found on the ONS website.

Key Findings

  • In the year to June 2020, there were estimated to be 409,000 non-British nationals and 528,000 non-UK born people living in Scotland.
  • The number of non-British nationals living in Scotland increased by 36,000 over the year. This was driven by an increase in non-EU nationals.
  • Of all non-British nationals over half (56%) were EU nationals (231,000), and 44% were non-EU nationals (178,000).
  • Polish remained the most common non-British nationality in Scotland, with 88,000 nationals (22% of the total non-British population), followed by Indian with 22,000 nationals.
  • The council areas with the largest proportion of residents with a non-British nationality were Aberdeen City (19%), City of Edinburgh (18%) and Glasgow City (15%).

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