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Migration and population statistics newsletter

16 December 2020

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Welcome to the December edition of the migration and population statistics newsletter, which includes news on recent and upcoming releases and events, and updates on the work we have been doing in the last quarter.

Look out for the next edition in March 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ONS continues to work to ensure that the UK has the vital information needed to respond to the impact of this pandemic on our economy and society. Take a look at the Coronavirus (COVID-19) landing page on our website where you can find all the latest ONS data and analysis. 

Take a look at the latest data and analysis

Population and migration statistics transformation

In November we provided an update on our next steps for migration statistics. As part of our transformation journey to make use of all available data sources to provide a richer and deeper understanding of population and migration we are developing new measures of international migration based on administrative data sources. Our first published report on these new measures, referred to as Admin-based Migration Estimates (ABMEs), will provide an update on our progress in their development, as well as presenting a first iteration of these experimental estimates. As set out in our November update, we now plan to publish this report in early 2021.  Our ABME reports will demonstrate iterative progress towards a transformed migration system and will provide users with clear messages on our next steps.

Read the overview here

ONS Longitudinal Study (LS) joins CLOSER 

We reported in the last newsletter that the ONS Longitudinal Study (LS) was joining the CLOSER partnership. Through this partnership, the LS joins 18 other longitudinal studies including Understanding Society and the four national birth cohort studies (1946, 1958, 1670 and 2000-1). More information is available at the CLOSER website.  

The focus for the LS team has turned to the 2021 Census, and planning to link Census 2021 data to the ONS Longitudinal Study is at an advanced stage. This will be the sixth tranche of census data linked through the LS, providing insight on the population of England and Wales over a 50 year period of significant social change. The results of the linkage work will also play a highly important role in quality assuring the population estimates produced from the 2021 Census.

Census 2021 Outputs

If you would like to stay in touch or understand more about Census Outputs and Analysis, you can subscribe here to receive email updates. The 2021 Census Outputs list can be found within the Census subscription topic. Our stakeholder privacy notice is viewable here.

If you would like more detailed information on this topic, or have a specific Census Outputs questions, you can contact the team via email census.outputs@ons.gov.uk.

The State of Ageing in 2020 Report

Our partner, the Centre for Ageing Better, published their flagship ‘State of Ageing in 2020 online report on 19th November. The report uses national data sets to measure experiences of ageing across four key areas: health, communities, homes and work. A key theme is the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on pre-existing inequalities in England.


International migration and mobility: What’s changed since the coronavirus pandemic

On 26 November 2020, the Centre for International Migration released an article bringing together available evidence from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Civil Aviation Authority, Department for Transport, Home Office and Department for Work and Pensions, to help users understand the wider impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international migration and mobility up to the end of September 2020.

Read the article

Giving the best picture of international migration in times of a pandemic

Alongside our migration reports published on 26 November, we also released a blog to bring together the summaries for international migration and mobility and changes since the coronavirus pandemic. 

A significant economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the disruption to worldwide travel. The ONS has now produced its initial report on what happened to migration and mobility patterns in the first six months of the pandemic.  Rebecca Briggs explains the findings and updates on our progress towards a new and fundamentally different approach to measuring UK migration.   

Read the blog

Travel & Tourism

On 9th November 2020, ONS published Overseas travel and tourism, provisional: April to June 2020 which presents visits to the UK by overseas residents, visits abroad by UK residents and estimates of spending by travellers, using administrative sources of passenger travel data.

A newsletter with further information about travel and tourism statistics was released on 27 November 2020 - you can sign up to future issues here.

Read the newsletter

Long-Term International Migration (LTIM) estimates: 2019

On 26 November 2020 the Centre for International Migration released finalised UK long-term international migration statistics for 2019 based on the International Passenger Survey. This set of data tables provides 2019 international migration estimates broken down by a range of variables including citizenship, reason for migration, age, sex, country of birth, occupation and country of next or last residence.

See the release

Coronavirus and non-UK key workers 

On 8 October 2020 the Centre for International Migration published an article titled ‘Coronavirus and non-UK key workers’ providing new insights on non-British nationals and non-UK-born in the workforce between 2017 and 2019, including those who could be considered as key workers in the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Read the article

Childbearing for women born in different years, England and Wales: 2019

This release covers the changing composition of families over time, comparing the fertility of women of the same age (cohort fertility) and the number of children they have had during their childbearing years.

See the release

Population profiles for local authorities in England 

On 14th December, ONS published a  collation of statistics on population characteristics which can provide insight into the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Data relate to local authorities in England and characteristics include age, ethnicity, industry, those in key worker occupations and deprivation.

See the release

Rich Pereira

Rich Pereira is the head of the Centre for Ageing and Demography. You can follow Rich on Twitter for the latest in population statistics news @RichPereira_ONS.

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Becca Briggs is the head of the Centre for International Migration. You can follow Becca on Twitter for the latest in migration statistics news @BeccaBriggs_ONS.

Related and upcoming releases

Please be advised that publication schedules could be affected by ONS's ongoing response to the COVID-19 situation.

5 January 2021 (confirmed)

  • Electoral Statistics, UK: March 2020

14 January 2021 (confirmed)

  • Population by country of birth and nationality: July 2019 to June 2020

14 January 2021 (confirmed) 

  • Overview of the UK Population

February 2021 (provisional)

  • Families & Households in the UK: 2020

The publication of the Families and Households in the UK: 2020 release, provisionally planned for November 2020 has been delayed until February 2021. This delay is the result of a statistical issue with the Labour Force Survey data for 2020, further details are available here. The most up-to-date estimates of Families and Households in the UK were published in November 2019 and are available in Families and Households in the UK: 2019

See the ONS release calendar

ONS Centres

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Centres focus on areas of significant policy interest to produce new analysis and insights which are often cross-cutting and in partnership with other government departments, academics and external bodies. The centres undertake a wide range of work to fill crucial evidence gaps by utilising new sources of data; adopting the latest tools and approaches; and, work in collaboration with others.

Centre for Ageing and Demography - providing statistics and analysis on the UK's changing population

Centre for International Migration - understanding migration's significance in our population and economy

Read about the ONS Centres

ONS Twitter accounts

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Devolved countries

The devolved countries for the UK are Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For statistics relating to those individual countries, please see the links below:

Useful links

As well as the ONS website, you may also find the websites below useful:

Contact us

Should you have any questions about the content of this newsletter, please email us at pop.info@ons.gov.uk, or call us on +44 (0)1329 444661.