Origin Destination Statistics

Origin Destination Statistics

Origin destination statistics are census data which deal with movement/ flow of people; either as migration (from their address one year prior to the census) or travel to work or study (from their current address to their workplace address or place of study). These flows can be cross-tabulated by other variables of interest (for example, method of travel). Much of the origin destination data from the 2011 Census is published at the UK level, providing flows for usual residents of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further information on the detailed content and access arrangements for UK-wide origin destination statistics can be found on the ONS website.

For information in relation to accessing safeguarded files further guidance is available. Details of all Origin Destination tables available across the UK can be found from the 2011 Census Origin Destination - Table Finder tool on the Nomis website.

Detailed UK migration statistics

The Detailed UK Migration Statistics, published on 28 January 2015, are a release from the 2011 Census providing information on migration into and within the UK. These tables provide detailed information about migrants moving into, and out of, a range of geographical areas across the UK.

These tables show key characteristics for the population in an area and migrants moving into or out of the area. Migrants are shown to be moving either to or from an ‘associated area’ (the next level of geography up the hierarchy), elsewhere in the UK or from outside the UK. They are produced at both the person and household level and include such characteristics such as age, sex, economic activity, ethnic group, long-term health problems or disability and family status. For this set of statistics, babies under one year old take the migrant status of their next of kin. For those whose next of kin was a migrant, a (randomly selected) half are assigned as migrants and the remaining half assigned to the ‘Living at the same address one year ago’ category. This is to take account of the fact that approximately half wouldn’t have been born at the time their next of kin moved.

These tables have been built at the lowest level of geography possible (as well as aggregating up to higher geographies), whilst ensuring that all personal data and information is protected. For most tables, this means they have been built at MSOA/ Intermediate Zone, Ward and local authority level. One table (UKMIG008) is also at census output area level.

The tables included in this release are available from the Nomis website

Table Number Table Title
UKMIG001 Migration by sex by age
UKMIG002 Migration by family status
UKMIG003 Migration by ethnic group by age
UKMIG004 Migration by ethnic group by NS-SeC
UKMIG005 Migration by long-term health problem or disability
UKMIG006 Migration by economic activity
UKMIG007 Migration by NS-SeC
UKMIG008 Migration
UKMIG009 Household migration by household composition
UKMIG010 Household migration by dependent children by age of household reference person (HRP)
UKMIG011 Household migration by tenure
UKMIG012 Household migration by economic activity - Household Reference Person (HRP)
UKMIG013 Household migration by NS-SeC - Household Reference Person (HRP)

A note by National Records of Scotland (NRS) of some key points on the migration tables above is available here. NRS has also produced some additional tables (available below) to help users who are not familiar with the use of Nomis, and to support the key points analysis.

AT_075_2011 – Migration in Scotland by sex by age (47 Kb Excel sheet)

AT_076_2011 – Migration in Scotland by council area (people and rates per 1,000 population) (47 Kb Excel sheet)

AT_077_2011 – Migration in Scotland by council area by age (122 Kb Excel sheet)

Origin Destination Migration

Migration flow tables covering the whole of the UK were published on 25 November 2014, these are available from the Nomis website. There are four tables in this release, with data down to council area level. These include the migration flows of individuals cross-tabulated by age and sex, and the migration flows of those living at a student address one year ago. Babies under one year old are excluded from the migration flow tables.

MM01CUK_all: Origin and destination of migrants by age (broad grouped) by sex
MM01CUK_non_uk: Origin and destination of international migrants by age (broad grouped) by sex
MF02UK: Origin and destination of international migrants (expanded country origin)
SM01UK: Origin and destination of people who moved from a student term-time/boarding school address in the year before the census by age by sex by student status

Orign Destination Workplace

The first batch of this data was published on 25 July 2014, and is available from the Nomis website. This release included three UK-wide tables on workplace, available down to council area level:

WU01UK: Location of usual residence and place of work by sex
WU02UK: Location of usual residence and place of work by age
WU03UK: Location of usual residence and place of work by method of travel to work

A note by National Records of Scotland (NRS) of key points on the workplace tables above are available here. NRS has also produced additional tables (available below) to help users who are not familiar with the use of Nomis, and to support the key points analysis. A short background note by NRS on the availability of workplace flow is also available here.

AT_009_2011 - Workplace population by place of work by area of usual residence (41 Kb Excel sheet)
AT_010_2011 - Workplace population by place of work by area of usual residence - Males (43 Kb Excel sheet)
AT_011_2011 - Workplace population by place of work by area of usual residence - Females (43 Kb Excel sheet)
AT_012_2011 - Workplace population by place of work by age (41 Kb Excel sheet)
AT_013_2011 - Workplace population by area of usual residence by age (34 Kb Excel sheet)
AT_014_2011 - Workplace population by place of work by method of travel to work (43 Kb Excel sheet)

Origin Destination Place of Study

NRS has produced three tables of travel to study flows crosstabulated by age, sex and method of travel, avaiable down to council area level.

AT_291_2011: Location of usual  residence and place of study by age
AT_292_2011: Location of usual  residence and place of study by sex
AT_293_2011: Location of usual  residence and place of study by method

There are some known data quality issues with the information collected in the 2011 Census on travel to work and study. Further information is available here.

Further releases

For further information on releases of origin destination statistics for Scotland please contact statisticscustomerservices@nrscotland.gov.uk