1. Latest update on our population and migration statistics transformation programme

Today (21 May 2020), we have published an update on how we are transforming population and migration statistics. This includes how we will be working across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) to deliver new measures of migration statistics based on administrative data from 2020 onwards, following the suspension of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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2. Our latest international migration statistics

Today (21 May 2020), we have published each of the following releases.

Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR): May 2020, including long-term international migration estimates for the year ending December 2019

The latest long-term international migration estimates are based on International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for the period up to December 2019 and as such are unaffected by the recent impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey data collection, including the current suspension of the IPS. As it is recognised that international travel patterns have changed significantly in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also included in this release additional data and insights on recent travel patterns in the period up to the end of March 2020.

Population estimates by country of birth and nationality for the year ending December 2019

This release uses data from the Annual Population Survey (APS) to provide estimates of the number of people resident in the UK by their country of birth and their nationality. These statistics are also unaffected by the recent impact of COVID-19.

A reduced set of Short-Term International Migration (STIM) estimates for the year ending June 2018

We previously announced in February 2020 that the content of the STIM publication would be reduced to allow more focus on our transformation work and the development of these statistics. Therefore, this release now only includes high-level national estimates of STIM by length of stay, citizenship and reason for visit.

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3. How to get in touch

We welcome your feedback on our latest updates and on our transformation journey. If you would like to get in touch, please contact us by email at pop.info@ons.gov.uk.

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