1. Our priorities

Our priority is to use new and existing sources of data to improve the evidence base on international migration. We are leading the Government Statistical Service (GSS) migration transformation programme in collaboration with other government departments and the devolved administrations. This aims to put administrative data at the core of our estimates and research on international migration. The Centre produces statistics on how many migrants are coming to and leaving the country but is also providing new insights on the impact and contribution of migrants while they are in the UK. This includes the sectors in which they work, the communities they live in and the impacts on public services such as the health sector and schools.

International migration statistics analysis

Our work spans the international migration topic area including:

  • long term international migration
  • short term international migration
  • the UK population by country of birth and nationality
  • the impact and contribution of international migration on public services
  • reviewing how we define migration in our statistics
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2. Recent releases

Migration Statistics Quarterly Report: February 2020
Statistical bulletin | Released 27 February 2020
A summary of the latest official long-term international migration statistics for the UK for the year ending September 2019. Data from the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) are also included.

Transformation of the population and migration statistics system: overview
Article | Released 27 February 2020
Latest update on our population and migration statistics transformation journey.

Note on the difference between ONS population estimates by nationality and Home Office European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) statistics
Article | Released 24 February 2020
This note covers the comparison of ONS population estimates by nationality to European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applications data published by the Home Office. It explains why caution is needed in comparing these two sets of statistics and sets out what is happening within the ONS to improve our understanding of international migration.

Defining and measuring international migration
Article | Released 14 February 2020
This article provides an overview of our research into how we define and measure migration and why this is an important topic given increasingly complex migration patterns and the need for further flexibility to reflect population changes in a modern world.

Population of the UK by country of birth and nationality
Dataset | Released 28 November 2019
UK residents by broad country of birth and citizenship groups, broken down by UK country, local authority, unitary authority, metropolitan and London boroughs, and counties. Estimates from the Annual Population Survey.

International migration and the health sector
Article | Released 15 August 2019
Our analysis plans on the contribution and impact of international migration on the health sector, looking at migrants as a workforce and as users of public services.

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4. Contact us

We welcome feedback on our statistics and our plans to transform them using administrative data. You can find out more or contact us at:

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