Migration in Britain

Migration in Britain

Paradoxes of the Present, Prospects for the Future

Tony Fielding

Migration in Britain takes a fresh look at the patterns of migration at both the regional and local levels and develops new theoretical frameworks and novel methods to explain these patterns. It anticipates British society and its internal migration flows fifty years hence in the absence of climate change, and comes to judgments about how and in what ways these migration flows might be affected by climate change.

Chapter 3: A More Detailed Regional, Sub-regional (Country-level) and Occasionally City-level Analysis

Tony Fielding

Subjects: development studies, migration, geography, human geography, politics and public policy, migration, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, migration, urban and regional studies, migration


3. A more detailed regional, subregional (county-level) and occasionally city-level analysis 3.1 SCOTLAND Table 3.1 summarizes the migration and components of change data for the broad regions of Scotland in the years 2000–01 and 2008–09. A couple of very important facts can be extracted from this table. First, that there has been a significant shift in the Scottish demographic situation towards population growth, driven especially by migration. Second, that whereas in 2000–01 the migration gains were mostly in the south of the country with losses in the north, in 2008–09 the gains were everywhere but especially in the east. At the core of the East Central region is the Lothian sub-region (containing Edinburgh), which in 2008–09 had the highest sub-regional rate of natural increase (due largely to its high young adult population) and, along with Grampian, the highest rate of net migration gain. There are signs here that Lothian/Edinburgh is showing, on a much smaller scale, some of the same demographic features that characterize London. The third highest rate of net migration gain is recorded by Tayside sub-region, which is also located in the East Central region. A more detailed picture of these recent migration patterns can be obtained in Table 3.2. This table provides data at the council administrative level on gross in-, out- and net migration rates for migration within Scotland, net migration rate for migration exchanges with the rest of the UK and net migration rate for exchanges with the rest of...

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