Outer Hebrides Migration Study

In 2005, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in partnership with Western Isles Enterprise and
Communities Scotland commissioned Hall Aitken and Ionad Nàiseanta na h-Imrich
to carry out in-depth research into the issues around migration in and out of the
Outer Hebrides. The Outer Hebrides have seen the biggest population decline
proportionally of any Scottish Local Authority Area over recent years. Young people
from the Islands do well at school and often leave the Islands to study at University
and College. Many stay on the mainland to access a wider range of economic and
social opportunities. Consequently the area has an increasingly ageing population
profile with the highest proportion of elderly people in Scotland.

(Extract from Outer Hebrides Migration Study)

Outer Hebrides Migration Study (628.3kB)

Executive Summary in Gaelic (31.4kB)