Outmigration From Rural Scotland

The primary focus of this study were the consequences of out-migration on the community and the migration experiences of individuals. The main objectives included:

  • to analyse out-migration data from the 1991 Census
  • 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 identify important issues requiring innovative rural policy-making

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.
Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
A. Stockdale (University of Aberdeen)
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional (one-time) study, Year: 2000

Data Publisher:


Machine-readable codebooks in Adobe PDF format.


Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4499-1

File Descriptions: 


  • household.por and outmigs.por are SPSS portable files.
  • a4499qab.pdf is the portable document file.
  • *.txt are citation and readme ASCII text files.


File Storage: 

Written to CD-ROM 24/5/02


SPSS portable file.

UKDA Study Number: 
Data Access: 

Users must register before receiving a copy of data files.
Edinburgh University users may contact the Data Library for access.