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At-a-glance
168,142 people born abroad were living in Scotland at the time of the census, 3.3% of the population.

34% more foreign-born people were living in Scotland in 2001 than in 1991 one the fastest rates of change.

8.93% of people in south-west Aberdeen are foreign-born predominantly oil industry workers.

172 people in Glasgow Easterhouse, 0.63% of residents, were born abroad the smallest number in Scotland.


Scotland has the third lowest number of people who were born abroad but it has seen one of the fastest rates of recent change.

The largest group in the Census is people born in Germany, probably because of the children of military personnel born while stationed there. After Pakistan-born, the next largest group is US-born.

Edinburgh and Glasgow perhaps unsurprisingly have the largest numbers of people born abroad six areas across the two cities have more than the GB average.

But further north, the economy plays its part again: areas closest to the Aberdeen oil fields have large numbers of foreign-born, particularly US and Dutch born.

People living in Scotland
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
All people 4,998,780 5,062,011 1.26 100 100 0
Born outside British Isles 125,071 168,142 34.44 2.50 3.32 0.82

Top 10 places of birth outside British Isles
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Country 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Germany 13,907 18,703 34.49 0.28 0.37 0.09
Pakistan 9,452 12,645 33.78 0.19 0.25 0.06
USA 12,635 11,149 -11.76 0.25 0.22 -0.03
India 9,001 10,523 16.91 0.18 0.21 0.03
Canada 7,961 8,569 7.64 0.16 0.17 0.01
South Africa 4,374 7,803 78.40 0.09 0.15 0.06
Australia 5,077 7,555 48.81 0.10 0.15 0.05
Hong Kong 5,940 7,068 18.99 0.12 0.14 0.02
Non-EU states in W Europe n/a 4,943 n/a n/a 0.10 n/a
Italy 3,920 4,936 25.92 0.08 0.10 0.02

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People born outside British Isles area by area
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Aberdeen Nigg Bay 1,090 679 -37.71 3.45 2.66 -0.79
Aberdeen Queens X 1,166 1,366 17.15 6.74 9.27 2.53
Aberdeen SW 2,946 4,041 37.17 7.35 8.93 1.58
Aberdeen W 1,002 1,575 57.19 2.47 3.12 0.65
Airdrie 190 311 63.68 0.88 1.41 0.53
Alloa 1,219 1,353 10.99 2.14 2.30 0.16
Ayr Ventral 527 473 -10.25 1.86 2.22 0.36
Balerno 1,101 1,403 27.43 4.60 5.60 1.00
Banchory 1,574 2,245 42.63 4.37 4.87 0.50
Banff 508 497 -2.17 1.25 1.46 0.21
Barrhead 790 1,086 37.47 2.10 2.79 0.69
Bearsden & Kirk'loch S 1,566 1,841 17.56 3.34 3.53 0.19
Belshill 378 488 29.10 1.63 2.25 0.62
Berwickshire 345 534 54.78 1.90 2.44 0.54
Blantyre 524 583 11.26 1.12 1.33 0.21
Bridge of Allan 537 1,051 95.72 2.09 3.30 1.21
Bridge of Weir 853 987 15.71 1.60 1.99 0.39
Buchan 640 613 -4.22 1.89 1.88 -0.01
Bute 3,130 1,094 -65.05 7.53 2.70 -4.83
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Caithness 905 811 -10.39 2.69 2.29 -0.40
Carrick 849 1,106 30.27 1.82 2.24 0.42
Chryston 450 592 31.56 1.18 1.44 0.26
Clydebank 493 615 24.75 1.08 1.45 0.37
Coatbridge 306 343 12.09 0.79 0.97 0.18
Coupar Angus 1,100 1,283 16.64 2.84 3.81 0.97
Cowdenbeath 807 683 -15.37 1.50 1.66 0.16
Crieff 1,274 1,965 54.24 2.62 3.58 0.96
Cumbernauld 650 674 3.69 1.82 1.85 0.03
Cumnock & Doon V'ley 426 404 -5.16 1.00 0.99 -0.01
Denny 538 635 18.03 1.34 1.52 0.18
Dingwall & Skye 1,392 1,519 9.12 2.71 2.84 0.13
Dumbarton Central 518 800 54.44 1.34 1.72 0.38
Dumfries Central 693 937 35.21 1.99 2.46 0.47
Dumfries E 584 598 2.40 1.80 1.90 0.10
Dundee NE 788 1,080 37.06 2.14 2.59 0.45
Dundee NW 748 1,507 101.47 2.16 3.49 1.33
Dundee SE 1,029 1,320 28.28 4.25 5.50 1.25
Dundee SW 1,301 1,777 36.59 6.49 10.93 4.44
Dunfermline Central 877 623 -28.96 2.56 2.85 0.29
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Dunfermline NE 716 1,443 101.54 1.91 2.48 0.57
Dunfermline SW 629 811 28.93 2.05 2.54 0.49
Dyce 785 1,327 69.04 2.81 4.53 1.72
East Kilbride N 571 705 23.47 1.67 1.98 0.31
East Kilbride S 639 948 48.36 1.38 1.89 0.51
Edinburgh Cors'phine 1,375 2,286 66.25 2.95 4.82 1.87
Edinburgh E 1,597 2,713 69.88 2.61 4.42 1.81
Edinburgh Holyrood 1,752 4,788 173.29 9.92 17.27 7.35
Edinburgh Kaimes 795 1,162 46.16 2.88 4.67 1.79
Edinburgh Morningside 3,340 6,347 90.03 9.25 12.22 2.97
Edinburgh Murrayfield 1,910 2,778 45.45 4.78 8.78 4.00
Edinburgh N 2,995 5,805 93.82 7.32 11.29 3.97
Edinburgh Sighthill 2,202 3,760 70.75 3.82 5.96 2.14
Eilean Siar Rural 203 222 9.36 1.44 1.71 0.27
Elgin 892 1,384 55.16 2.14 2.91 0.77
Ettrick & Lauderdale 577 650 12.65 2.11 2.56 0.45
Falkirk Central 495 539 8.89 1.82 2.05 0.23
Falkirk Laurieston 383 576 50.39 1.44 1.73 0.29
Forfar 667 788 18.14 2.46 2.40 -0.06
Forres 1,088 1,441 32.44 3.16 4.72 1.56
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Giffnock 1,555 1,869 20.19 3.27 3.71 0.44
Glasgow Baillieston 448 715 59.60 1.19 1.49 0.30
Glasgow Blairdardie 286 298 4.20 0.96 1.43 0.47
Glasgow Calton 1,479 965 -34.75 4.05 6.66 2.61
Glasgow Cardonald 404 634 56.93 1.25 1.75 0.50
Glasgow Castlemilk 400 380 -5.00 1.30 1.74 0.44
Glasgow Cowlairs 976 2,335 139.24 2.46 6.44 3.98
Glasgow Easterhouse 166 172 3.61 0.52 0.63 0.11
Glasgow Ibrox 352 430 22.16 1.57 3.08 1.51
Glasgow Knightswood 1,208 1,514 25.33 3.79 4.15 0.36
Glasgow Maryhill 1,206 1,908 58.21 3.25 5.41 2.16
Glasgow Milton 183 280 53.01 0.77 1.35 0.58
Glasgow Newlands 1,075 1,398 30.05 3.30 4.73 1.43
Glasgow Nitshill 495 1,001 102.22 1.21 2.45 1.24
Glasgow Parkhead 209 201 -3.83 0.87 1.04 0.17
Glasgow Partick 2,314 3,431 48.27 4.95 6.84 1.89
Glasgow Pollokshields 3,795 5,939 56.50 8.49 11.18 2.69
Glasgow Robroyston 468 650 38.89 1.35 2.08 0.73
Glasgow University 2,921 5,083 74.02 12.83 14.20 1.37
Glenrothes 1,043 1,153 10.55 2.26 2.49 0.23
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Grangemouth 710 759 6.90 1.51 1.73 0.22
Greenock N 429 633 47.55 1.19 2.03 0.84
Greenock S 432 756 75.00 1.50 2.42 0.92
Haddington 1,138 1,442 26.71 2.57 3.02 0.45
Hamilton Cadzow 254 346 36.22 2.13 2.48 0.35
Hamilton N 295 352 19.32 1.15 1.45 0.30
Helensburgh 1,192 1,073 -9.98 3.09 3.34 0.25
Inverness E 1,798 2,313 28.64 3.13 3.46 0.33
Inverness W 514 375 -27.04 2.30 2.24 -0.06
Inverurie 1,562 1,611 3.14 2.85 2.90 0.05
Irvine 491 536 9.16 1.37 1.63 0.26
Johnstone 393 449 14.25 1.25 1.45 0.20
Kilmarnock Central 504 580 15.08 1.32 1.58 0.26
Kilmarnock Rural 552 659 19.38 1.32 1.54 0.22
Kilsyth 345 546 58.26 1.30 2.00 0.70
Kilwinning 321 468 45.79 1.25 1.43 0.18
Kirkcaldy N 366 516 40.98 1.66 2.29 0.63
Kirkcaldy S 619 794 28.27 2.63 3.08 0.45
Kirkintilloch N 268 298 11.19 1.18 1.60 0.42
Lanark 647 737 13.91 1.39 1.49 0.10
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Largs & Cumbrae 785 1,045 33.12 1.82 2.45 0.63
Larkhall 415 470 13.25 1.20 1.44 0.24
Leith 812 1,522 87.44 2.88 4.94 2.06
Leven 260 387 48.85 1.46 1.70 0.24
Linlithgow N 465 638 37.20 1.70 2.44 0.74
Linlithgow S 474 712 50.21 1.21 1.55 0.34
Linwood 413 826 100.00 1.27 2.29 1.02
Livingston Central 1,173 1,442 22.93 3.02 3.43 0.41
Livingston Rural 778 1,150 47.81 2.01 2.57 0.56
Lorn 672 680 1.19 2.84 2.97 0.13
Mallaig 388 553 42.53 2.01 2.95 0.94
Midlothian NW 440 650 47.73 1.84 2.45 0.61
Midlothian SE 650 943 45.08 1.75 2.07 0.32
Milngavie 997 1,093 9.63 3.62 4.62 1.00
Montrose & Arbroath 1,590 1,134 -28.68 2.90 2.32 -0.58
Motherwell 482 613 27.18 1.11 1.44 0.33
Musselburgh 269 456 69.52 1.65 2.81 1.16
Newburgh 1,019 1,527 49.85 3.11 3.72 0.61
Nithsdale 937 1,165 24.33 1.86 2.35 0.49
Old Aberdeen 1,728 3,454 99.88 3.65 7.38 3.73
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Orkney 282 371 31.56 1.44 1.93 0.49
Paisley Blackhall 356 507 42.42 1.48 2.26 0.78
Paisley Gallowhill 537 722 34.45 1.65 2.14 0.49
Perth Central 691 985 42.55 2.57 3.15 0.58
Port Glasgow 374 347 -7.22 1.49 1.60 0.11
Prestonpans 341 473 38.71 1.45 1.81 0.36
Prestwick & Troon 774 892 15.25 2.05 2.15 0.10
Queensferry 1,427 1,356 -4.98 3.65 4.08 0.43
Roxburgh 862 931 8.00 2.00 2.21 0.21
Rutherglen E 243 278 14.40 1.17 1.39 0.22
Rutherglen W 536 646 20.52 1.29 1.56 0.27
Saltcoats & Arran 387 428 10.59 1.21 1.55 0.34
Shetland 414 547 32.13 1.84 2.49 0.65
Shotts 583 837 43.57 0.92 1.27 0.35
Sidlaw & Carnoustie 1,387 1,801 29.85 2.21 3.49 1.28
St Andrews 1,579 2,599 64.60 3.67 6.82 3.15
Stirling Rural 1,153 1,530 32.70 3.29 4.25 0.96
Stirling Urban 490 754 53.88 2.71 4.12 1.41
Stonehaven 1,962 1,087 -44.60 5.79 3.12 -2.67
Stornoway 241 258 7.05 1.55 1.91 0.36
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Stranraer 395 421 6.58 1.31 1.48 0.17
Turriff 371 678 82.75 1.56 2.09 0.53
Tweeddale 837 888 6.09 2.53 3.38 0.85
Wick 377 258 -31.56 1.89 1.47 -0.42
Wishaw 487 524 7.60 1.14 1.32 0.18
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