While the decade between 2009-2019 was a period of overall population increase in North East Scotland, recent years have seen a reversal of this trend, most likely due to the loss of jobs in the oil and gas sector, and the effects of both Brexit and Covid-19 on inward migration.
Between mid-2018 and mid-2019, both Aberdeen City and Moray experienced an increase (by 0.5% and 0.3%, respectively) while Aberdeenshire experienced a net decrease in population (by 0.1%). An increase in migration away from the North East to the rest of Scotland and the rest of the UK peaked in 2015-16, and overseas migration into the North East has been declining during the same period.
However, nearly a third of Aberdeen City’s inward migration still comes from overseas, a figure comparable to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Across the UK, people from ethnic minorities are more likely to live in cities and large towns than in rural areas and this pattern is replicated across Grampian.
 National Records for Scotland (NRS), Mid-Year Population Estimates, Scotland, mid-2019. Link.
 2019 Population Estimates Briefing Note, Aberdeen City Council. Link.
 National Records for Scotland, Mid-Year Population Estimates, Mid-2018-19, published April 2020. Link.
 SPICe Briefing: Ethnicity and Employment, Suzi Macpherson, 09 June 2015.
Data Source: 2020, .
Category: Discussion & Text
Topics: Demographics Immigration