Migration helps Scotland's population to reach record
A decade of continuous growth has seen the population of Scotland hit a record high of more than 5.25million.
The figures, just released by the Registrar General's office which compiles the statistics every 10 years, show that 190,600 more people lived in the country in mid-2011, compared with the same time in 2001.
The country had seen about 90,000 new arrivals in the 12 months to the end of June 2011, which was split roughly evenly between those coming from the UK, and arrivals from further afield.
Registrar General George MacKenzie said: "Scotland's population has seen a continuous increase in recent years, partly because there have been more births than deaths, but mainly because more people have moved to Scotland than have left."
He added that, in 2011 alone, migration was largely responsible for a 0.6 per cent increase in the country's population, which had taken it above the previous highest figure recorded, in 1974.
Mr MacKenzie said the causes of population increase were “complex”, pointing to the number of births exceeding deaths and a boost from new migrants.
He also said the country's immigrants were mainly aged between 16 and 34.
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