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The contribution of EEA citizens to Scotland: response to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence - evidence annex

Published: 8 Nov 2017
External Affairs Directorate
Part of:
International, International, International

The Evidence Annex sets out the main elements of the most robust date we have on migrants and migration in Scotland.

56 page PDF

1.4 MB

56 page PDF

1.4 MB

The contribution of EEA citizens to Scotland: response to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence - evidence annex

56 page PDF

1.4 MB

ISBN 978 1 78851 406 4 (web only publication)
PPDAS 323346

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An errata was published on 19/09/2018 at pdf page 12, section 1.2 Migration trends.

An error was discovered on page 12 of this publication in September 2018, and has now been corrected. Figure 1.2 incorrectly showed data for net migration of non-British nationals but was titled ‘In-migrants to Scotland by citizenship, 2005-2015’. The figure and commentary have now been updated to show the correct information. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect this change.



1. Migration trends
1.1 Trends in Scotland's population compared to the UK
1.2 Migration trends
1.3 Age of migrants
1.4 Regional variations in components of population change
1.5 Migration flows across Scotland
1.6 Regional variations in the number of non- UK and EU nationals across the UK
1.7 Projected changes in Scotland's population
1.8 Impact of lower migration on Scotland's population growth

2. EU workers in Scotland's key sectors
2.1 Economic activity
2.2 Sectors
2.3 Skills and occupations

3. Economic, social and fiscal impacts
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Migration and economic growth
3.3 Migrant characteristics
3.4 Migrants' impact on public services
3.5 Integration and culture

List of Tables and Figures

Figure 1.1 Natural change and net migration, Scotland and UK, 1970-71 to 2015-16

Figure 1.2 In-migrants to Scotland by citizenship, 2005-2015

Figure 1.3 Population by non-UK nationality, Scotland, 2016

Figure 1.4 Number and percentage of EU nationals living in Scotland by nationality group, 2007 to 2016

Figure 1.5 Migration to Scotland from overseas by single year of age, 2015-16

Figure 1.6 Proportion of EU nationals living in Scotland by age and nationality group, 2016

Figure 1.7 Components of population growth for the UK and constituent countries between mid-2006 and mid-2016

Figure 1.8 Inward migration as a percentage of population by council area, Scotland, mid-2015 and mid-2016

Figure 1.9 Projected change in population, Scottish council areas, 2014-2039

Figure 1.10 Proportion of population who are non-UK nationals, UK and constituent countries, 2004 to 2016

Figure 1.11 Proportion of non-UK population who are EU nationals

Figure 1.12 Projected population change in selected European countries and UK countries, 2016-2041

Figure 1.13 Projected population growth in the UK and constituent countries, 2016 to 2041

Figure 1.14 Projected annual population growth rates for Scotland and the UK, 2017 to 2041

Figure 1.15 Natural change and net migration, Scotland and UK, 2001-02 to 2040-41

Figure 1.16 Projected natural change and migration for Scotland and UK, 2016-2026

Figure 1.17 Projected population change by age group and government office region, 2014-2024

Figure 1.18 Projected dependency ratios for Scotland, 2016-2041

Figure 1.19 Change in population from 2016 to 2041, principal and alternative EU migration variant projections for Scotland and the UK

Figure 1.20 Projected change in number of children, working age and pension age population, using current principal projection and zero future EU migration variants, 2016-2041

Figure 2.1 Employment rate by age and nationality group, Scotland, 2016

Figure 2.2 Employment rates by gender and nationality, 2016

Figure 2.3 Percentage employed by industry sector and nationality (aged 16 and over), Scotland, 2016

Figure 2.4 EU and non-EU nationals share of sector employment in Scotland, 2016

Figure 2.5 Proportion employed by occupation and nationality (aged 16 and over), Scotland

Figure 2.6 Occupation skill level by qualification and nationality, Scotland, 2016

Table 3.1 Most common non-UK countries of birth, Scotland, 1991, 2001, 2011

Table 3.2 Most common non-UK countries of birth and nationalities, Scotland, 2016

Figure 3.1 English language skills and age at arrival, all non-UK migrants aged 3 and over

Figure 3.2 Household composition: UK nationals and EU and non-EU migrant groups, Scotland, 2016

Figure 3.3 Reasons for coming to the UK: EU and non-EU nationals, Scotland, 2016

Figure 3.4 What kind of areas do migrants live in?