Published: 29 April 2014

Immigration and its gain increased from the year before

According to Statistics Finland, 31,940 persons immigrated to Finland from foreign countries during 2013. The number is 660 higher than in the previous year and the highest during Finland's independence. Emigration from Finland also increased slightly and was 13,890 persons. During 2013, net immigration totalled 18,050 persons, which is 620 up on the year before. Net immigration by foreign citizens increased somewhat, or by 530 persons.

Migration between Finland and other EU countries 1991–2013

Migration between Finland and other EU countries 1991–2013

Last year, 16,200 persons immigrated to Finland from the EU countries. Immigration from the EU countries was 160 persons down on the year before. Emigration from Finland to the EU countries increased by 100 persons, amounting to 8,820 persons. In 2013, Finland had a migration gain of 7,380 persons from the EU countries. Finland’s migration gain from the EU countries was somewhat lower than in the previous year.

In 2013, the number of intermunicipal migrations totalled 267,190, which was 8,770 fewer than in 2012. The number of migrations between regions was 123,340 and it fell by 2,300. Migration inside regions decreased by 6,480. In 2013, intramunicipal migrations numbered 576,610, which is 17,240 fewer than in 2012.

When looking at migration inside the country, the region of Uusimaa had the largest and the region of Pirkanmaa the second largest migration gain. In Uusimaa, the gain amounted to 4,250 and in Pirkanmaa to 1,550 persons. Migration gain relative to the population in Mainland Finland was the largest in Pirkanmaa, where it was three per mille. The relative migration gain in Uusimaa was only slightly lower than in Pirkanmaa. The region having suffered the largest population loss in migration inside the country was Lapland, where the migration loss was 810 persons. Kainuu had the largest relative migration loss of nine per mille. Relative migration loss was the second largest in Lapland. Fourteen regions suffered migration loss in intramunicipal migration.

No region suffered migration loss in migration between foreign countries. The number of regions with migration loss drops clearly when net international migration is taken into consideration. The sum of net immigration and net emigration was negative in only six regions.

Internal migration and in- and out-migration 2000–2013

Year 1) Type of migration
Intermunicipal Intramunicipal Immigration  Emigration  Net migration
2000 238 729 548 995 16 895 14 311 2 584
2001 259 268 599 330 18 955 13 153 5 802
2002 251 694 582 576 18 113 12 891 5 222
2003 250 739 598 352 17 838 12 083 5 755
2004 260 179 604 472 20 333 13 656 6 677
2005 269 439 622 530 21 355 12 369 8 986
2006 266 990 598 576 22 451 12 107 10 344
2007 273 798 594 472 26 029 12 443 13 586
2008 263 792 566 281 29 114 13 657 15 457
2009 258 897 576 366 26 699 12 151 14 548
2010 265 929 573 756 25 636 11 905 13 731
2011 276 362 599 315 29 481 12 660 16 821
2012 275 967 593 846 31 278 13 845 17 433
2013 267 194 576 610 31 941 13 893 18 048
1) The regional division in all years is the one valid on 1 January 2014.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari 09 1734 3401, vaesto.tilasto@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 29.4.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Migration [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-6782. 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.7.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/muutl/2013/muutl_2013_2014-04-29_tie_001_en.html

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