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Rise in non-British nationals living in Scotland


By Gavin Musgrove

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It is estimated that 409,000 non-British nationals were living in Scotland by last summer, according to latest figures.

The National Records of Scotland said it represents an increase of 36,000 on the 12 previous months' total.

Of all non-British nationals 56 per cent were EU nationals and 44 per cent were non-EU nationals.

Polish remained the most common non-British nationality with 88,000 people, accounting for 22 per cent of the total non-British population in Scotland.

The second most common non-British nationality was Indian with 22,000 people.

The council areas with the largest proportion of residents with a non-British nationality were Aberdeen City at 19 per cent, City of Edinburgh at 18 per cent and Glasgow City at 15 per cent.

Edinburgh is home for many of Scotland's non-British citizens.
Edinburgh is home for many of Scotland's non-British citizens.

Alan Ferrier, Head of Demographic Statistics said “The number of non-British nationals living in Scotland has increased over the latest year, and now represents around 1 in 13 people living in Scotland. This latest change was largely driven by an increase in non-EU nationals.”

The full publication ‘Population by Country of Birth and Nationality for Scotland, July 2019 to June 2020’ can be accessed on the NRS website here.


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