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Release: Internal Migration by Local Authorities in England and Wales, Year Ending June 2012

Released: 26 June 2013


Andrew Nash

Internal Migration

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444647

Categories: Population, Migration, Migration within the UK

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County, Region

  • There were an estimated 2.8 million internal migration moves into local authorities in England and Wales in the year ending June 2012; this includes moves from other local authorities in England and Wales, as well as moves from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

  • The peak age for internal migration was 19 with approximately 23% of 19-year-olds living in England and Wales in mid-2012 having moved there from another local authority in the UK during the previous year.

  • Net migration had the biggest impact in the London region with an estimated 52,000 more migrants leaving the region than arriving.  Yorkshire and The Humber had the smallest regional net migration with an estimated 2,200 more internal migrants leaving than arriving. 

  • The largest local authority flows (both inflows and outflows) were shown to be for Birmingham.  An estimated number of 42,300 people moved into Birmingham and 45,500 people moved out.

Internal Migration Methodology Document (343.1 Kb Pdf)

Quality and Methodology Information

Internal Migration Interactive Map.

The tables in the release include:

  1. Detailed estimates data file (Parts 1 and 2) includes internal migration moves between every pair of local authorities within England and Wales by sex and single year of age. File also includes moves to and from Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

  2. Impact of June 2014 corrections (see guidance note above) on local authority internal migration totals.

  3. Internal migration moves by (i) local authority, (ii) region, (iii) sex and single year of age totals.

  4. Matrices of internal migration moves between (i) English and Welsh local authorities, Scotland and Northern Ireland and (ii) English regions, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  5. Internal migration moves for local authorities and regions by 5 year age group and sex.

  6. England and Wales local authority to region names and codes lookup, June 2012.

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