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27/04/17 10:19

Migration drives record high in population

EEA inward migration supports Scotland’s population levels.

A record high in Scotland’s population has been driven by inward migration, according to data published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). The latest estimate of Scotland’s population (on 30 June 2016) is 5,404,700 – the highest ever and an increase of 31,700 people (0.6%) since 30 June 2015.

Also published today, for the first time, is analysis of European Economic Area (EEA) born residents living in Scotland by local authority area. The data, based on the latest 2011 Census figures, shows that people born in the EEA live in every local authority, from 7.2% of the population of Aberdeen City to 0.9% in East Ayrshire.

According to these figures, 67% of EEA-born residents in Scotland aged 16 and over were in employment compared to 58% of the total population of Scotland aged 16 and over. Also, more EEA-born residents in Scotland between 16 -74 years are educated to degree level (46%) compared to 27% for all people aged 16-74 in Scotland.

Commenting on the statistics, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said:

“These figures underline the key role migration has to play in our work to grow Scotland’s population.

“It is very welcome that people are living longer but we need to ensure we can grow our working age population to support our economy and society now and in the future when we expect more people to live longer beyond retirement.

“Scotland already benefits significantly from the contribution made by people from across Europe who have chosen to live, work and study here, bringing new skills and expertise and helping to underpin future economic growth.

“The Scottish Government is committed to continuing to encourage inward migration to support further population growth.”

Background

Mid-2016 Population news release.

In the year to mid-2016, in-migration exceeded out-migration by approximately 31,700 people. This included an increase of around 22,900 from overseas and around 8,800 people from the rest of the UK.

The full publication and previous years’ population estimates can be downloaded from Mid-Year Population Estimates section of the NRS website.

Demographic and Census profiles of EEA born residents in Scotland, with information and key statistics on EEA-born residents across Scotland’s council areas, are also available on NRS website.

Council Area

Total Population

EEA born population

Percentage born in the EEA

Aberdeen City

222,793

15,993

7.2

Aberdeenshire

252,973

8,140

3.2

Angus

115,978

2,718

2.3

Argyll and Bute

88,166

2,077

2.4

City of Edinburgh

476,626

33,167

7.0

Clackmannanshire

51,442

1,137

2.2

Dumfries and Galloway

151,324

2,669

1.8

Dundee City

147,268

5,561

3.8

East Ayrshire

122,767

1,144

0.9

East Dunbartonshire

105,026

1,273

1.2

East Lothian

99,717

2,654

2.7

East Renfrewshire

90,574

1,197

1.3

Falkirk

155,990

2,712

1.7

Fife

365,198

9,196

2.5

Glasgow City

593,245

22,098

3.7

Highland

232,132

7,496

3.2

Inverclyde

81,485

852

1.0

Midlothian

83,187

1,592

1.9

Moray

93,295

2,889

3.1

Na h-Eileanan Siar

27,684

333

1.2

North Ayrshire

138,146

1,537

1.1

North Lanarkshire

337,727

4,980

1.5

Orkney Islands

21,349

324

1.5

Perth and Kinross

146,652

5,561

3.8

Renfrewshire

174,908

3,198

1.8

Scottish Borders

113,870

3,236

2.8

Shetland Islands

23,167

703

3.0

South Ayrshire

112,799

1,784

1.6

South Lanarkshire

313,830

4,163

1.3

Stirling

90,247

2,589

2.9

West Dunbartonshire

90,720

1,307

1.4

West Lothian

175,118

5,643

3.2