How many immigrants has Scotland received since 2009

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Dear Scottish Government,

Immigration policy is a reserved power but Scotland has received a number of asylum seekers, immigrants and other refugees from abroad over the last decade.

How many immigrants have we received since 2009 and how many of these have remained in Scotland and not moved elsewhere within the UK or beyond?

Yours faithfully,

Donald Scott

Scottish Government

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Dear Mr Scott,

 

Please find attached acknowledgement of your request under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/19/01602.

Kind Regards,

Olivia

 

Olivia Pires

Policy Adviser | Population and Migration Division | Scottish Government

 

 

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Scottish Government

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Dear Mr Scott,

 

Please find attached the response to your request under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/19/01602.

Kind Regards,

Olivia

 

Olivia Pires

Policy Adviser | Population and Migration Division | Scottish Government

 

 

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Dear Scottish Government,

Thanks for this information.

Regards,

Donald Scott

Dear Scottish Government,

You have only partially answered my question.

How many immigrants have we received since 2009 and how many of these have remained in Scotland and not moved elsewhere within the UK or beyond?

Yours faithfully,

Donald Scott

Scottish Government

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Dear Mr Scott
 
Thank you for your email. As stated in my original response of 16 July
2019 (attached) the answer to your request is that from July 2009 to June
2018, an estimated 332,900 people have migrated to Scotland from overseas.
Over this time, an estimated 196,200 people left Scotland for overseas,
meaning the net increase from overseas migration was 136,700 people. These
figures also include British nationals moving to and from areas overseas.
 
In relation to how many of these have remained in Scotland and not moved
elsewhere within the UK, we do not hold this information. The data sources
we have access to for migration within the UK do not have any variables on
citizenship, country of birth or when someone first entered the UK.
 
Yours sincerely,
Olivia Pires
 
Olivia Pires
Policy Adviser | Population and Migration Division | Scottish Government
 

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Dear Scottish Government,

Thank you.

Will you please advise me as to who holds this information if you don't?

Yours faithfully,

Donald Scott

Scottish Government

Dear Mr Scott,

 

Thank you for your follow up email. In terms of who holds this information
there is no single, comprehensive source of information that can measure
all movements of people in and out of Scotland (or the UK), including
whether they remain or move elsewhere. A number of different data sources
are currently used to understand migration trends. More details about how
international migration is currently measured and the range of sources
used is available in the “International migration statistics first time
user guide” published by the Office for National Statistics.

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationa...

 

You may also find the Migration Observatory Local Data Guide helpful in
understanding the different data sources available and the different
aspects of migration that they can measure.

[2]https://dataguide.migrationobservatory.o...

 

As outlined in the guides mentioned above, there is limited information to
answer the question you have asked - about whether people who have moved
to Scotland from overseas remain in Scotland or move elsewhere in the UK.
The Census asks detailed questions about people living in Scotland
including length of residence, however this only takes place every 10
years. Information from the 2011 Census about migrants living in Scotland
is provided in the table below.  

 

Scotland Census 2011 - National Records of Scotland
Table AT_183_2011 - Migrant status
All migrants
EEA Migrants Non EEA Migrants
Arrived in Aged 16 to 24 that
the UK within Arrived in the UK have arrived in the Other: Arrived in Arrived in the UK
the past 10 10 years or longer UK within the past the UK within the 10 years or longer
All migrants years ago two years past 10 years ago
             
369,284       111,213              48,710              18,325            101,651             89,385
(1) 'Migrants' are defined as people born outside the UK. EEA countries include EU member countries at March
2011 (excluding the UK) and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Crown
copyright
2015
For further information on variables, see [3]www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/variables

 

Kind Regards,

Olivia Pires

 

Olivia Pires

Policy Adviser | Population and Migration Division | Scottish Government

 

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