Outmigration from rural Scotland, 2000

  • Aileen Stockdale (Creator)
  • Brice Rea (Data Manager)



The focus of this project was on the community consequences of out-migration and the migration experiences of individuals. The objectives of the research were:
to analyse out-migration data from the 1991 Census;
to test the value of the Register of Sasines for migration research;
to describe and evaluate the characteristics of out-migration, the destinations involved, the decision-making processes at work, the consequences for rural communities and the experiences of individual outmigrants;
to ascertain why, in an era of counter-urbanisation, out-migration of the young continues;to identify important issues requiring innovative rural policy-making.

Main Topics:
The data relates to 212 individual out-migrants from the North Lewis and Roxburgh areas of Scotland, all resident elsewhere in the UK. Information includes demographic and socio-economic characteristics at time of contact and when migrated, lifetime mobility flows and decision-making influences, attitudinal information about out-migration in general, current place of residence and donor area
Date made available26 Apr 2002
PublisherUK Data Service
Date of data productionMar 2000 - Jun 2000
Geographical coverageScotland

Funder and Grant Reference number

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • R000223116

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