Scottish Demography: Scottish Migration to, and Return from, South East England, 2005-2006.

Against the backdrop of Scotland's changing demography, this project studied Scots, the largest non-English immigrant group in the UK, living and working in the South East of England. It aimed to address the lack of documentation on why Scots migrate to England, compared to that which relates to native English people who move to Scotland. More specifically it considers the declining number of Scots now moving South, the employment opportunities and the functions they perform there, the variation over time of their return to Scotland and how all these factors relate to economic and political change in Scotland.

This is a mixed methods database using questionnaire survey data from a sample of Scots migrants living in the South East of England in 2005. Thirty qualitative interviews with Scots who had returned to Scotland were also undertaken. 

Spatial Coverage: 
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional (one time) study.

Data Publisher:



  • User Guide in PDF Format.
  • UKDA Study Information in HTML.
  • Read .htm file.
  • Online documentation on ESRC funding web page



Persistent identifier:10.5255/UKDA-SN-6087-1

File Descriptions: 


  • *.sav is an SPSS data file.
  • *.pdf is a portable document format file.
  • *.rtf is a rich text format file.
  • *.xls is an MS Excel file.


File Storage: 

Written to CD-ROM 30.03.09.


SPSS portable files.

UKDA Study Number: 
Data Access: 

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