Monday, 2 February 2015

Migration patterns in Edinburgh

The Detailed UK Migration Statistics are a release from the 2011 Census providing information on migration into and within the UK. These tables provide detailed information about migrants moving into, and out of, a range of geographical areas from across the UK.  More information about this release can be found at the following link
UK migration statistics.

The migration tables are available for a range of geographical areas in Scotland including council areas, electoral wards and intermediate zones.

The following statistics were derived for electoral wards in Edinburgh. Over 40% of the population of the City Centre electoral ward lived at a different address the year before the Census, and 22% had an address outwith the City of Edinburgh.  The migration statistics also provide more details on the location of the previous address and the characteristics of the migrants.

City Centre ward  - the year before the Census

3336 (14%)  had an address in Edinburgh but not in the City Centre ward
2761 (11%) had an address outside Edinburgh but elsewhere in the UK
2553 (11%) had an address outside the UK

Characteristics of these migrant groups can be downloaded from the NOMIS system

Analysis of intermediate zones

These statistics are also produced for smaller areas called intermediate zones, with populations of around 3,500.  An alternative way of displaying the statistics above is in a chart below.  Given the large number of higher education students in Edinburgh , there are a number of small geographic areas with in excess of 40% people who had changed address in the year before the Census. 

The areas of Currie West and Dalkeith Road have halls of residence which have a high number of students who move from outside Edinburgh.  The areas of Marchmont and the Meadows also have high numbers of students, but they have relatively high rates  of moves from within Edinburgh.


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