Glasgow trends

Net migration in Glasgow, 2001/02 - 2020/21
Net Mig Glasgow Scot UK overseasClick on graph to enlarge

Total net migration in Glasgow increased from 2006 onwards as the number of new people coming to live in Glasgow exceeded the number of people leaving. This was principally due to an increase in overseas migrants. This trend has continued, despite a dip in the period 2011/12-2014/15. In the past two years net migration from overseas into Glasgow has added at least 5,000 people to the population annually. In 2020/21, there was a sharp rise in net outward migration from Glasgow to other parts of Scotland.

Net migration in Glasgow by age, 2001/02 - 2020/21
Net Mig Glasgow age groupClick on graph to enlarge

The growth in net migration into Glasgow over the last twelve years has been driven by increases in working age people coming to Glasgow. However in the last couple of years there has been a sharp decline in inward migration to Glasgow in this age group. Nevertheless, there was net inward migration in this age group of almost 1800 people in 2020/21.

In contrast, over the last 20 years there have been 
minor net migration losses of children and older people from Glasgow. 


Net migration is measured as the number of migrants moving into an area minus the number of migrants leaving an area.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS), formerly the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), estimates of total migration are mainly based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS) and GP registration information.

For further more detailed statistics on migration go to the NRS site.

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