A positive experience for people coming to live in Scotland

This indicator is intended to measure one important dimension of migrants’ experiences in Scotland – a strong sense of belonging. Find out more about this indicator.

In 2019, 67.3% of migrants reported that they “very strongly” or “fairly strongly” felt they belonged to their immediate neighbourhood.

Migrants’ sense of belonging has remained similar to the previous year, rising from 66.4% of migrants reporting feeling that they very or fairly strongly feel they belong in their neighbourhood in 2018 to 67.3% in 2019.

This figure compares with a high of 69.5% In 2012.

Beyond the headline statistic:

  • In 2019, 74.8% of migrants from the rest of the UK reported that they felt they belong in their neighbourhood, compared to 59.5% of migrants from overseas.
  • Information on the year of arrival in Scotland is only available for overseas migrants, not for migrants from the rest of the UK. In 2019, 66.2% of overseas migrants who are living in Scotland and have been living in the UK for five years or more reported feeling that they belong in their neighbourhood, compared to 45.4% of migrants who had been living in Scotland for five years or less.
  • There is no statistically significant difference between female and male migrants with regards to their feeling of belonging.
  • Migrants’ feeling of belonging increased with age, with the 75+ age group reporting the highest feeling of belonging in their neighbourhood (87.1%), and the 16-24 age group reporting the lowest feeling of belonging (50.7%), although the small sample size of this age group requires cautious interpretation. Again, this includes migrants from overseas and the rest of the UK.
  • Migrants from the rest of the UK and overseas living in the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland reported the lowest feeling of belonging of 53.1%, while those living in the  least deprived quintile reported a feeling of belonging at 70.7%.
  • 81.2% of migrants from overseas and the rest of the UK living in rural areas reported that they felt they belonged to their neighbourhood, compared to 64.0% in urban areas.

Performance Maintaining

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