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Migration statistics

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  • Release date: 12 March 2013
  • Period covered: 2011
This report includes data on the net inflow of migrants.

Key points

Total Migration

  • Wales has experienced an estimated net inflow of migrants in every year from mid-1998 to 2011, with an average net inflow of just over 9 thousand people per year. Annual net inflows have fluctuated though and decreased overall since 2006-07.

International Migration

  • Wales has had a net inflow of international migrants between 1994 and 2010.
  • In 2011 there was a net outflow of international migrants for the first time since 1993, with those leaving exceeding those moving to Wales by around 1.5 thousand persons.

Migration with other parts of the UK

  • For years ending mid-1999 to mid-2011 there was a net inflow of migrants to Wales from the rest of the UK of around 6.5 thousand people per year on average. Over this period the net inflow decreased from 14.4 thousand persons in year ending mid-2003 to 2.5 thousand in years ending mid-2010 and mid-2011.

Migration within Wales, by economic region

  • On average the South West experienced a net inflow of migrants from the other regions of Wales while North Wales experienced a net outflow of migrants to the other regions of Wales between mid-2007 and mid-2011.


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