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