Foreign migration

Last updated 19/03/2021 - 08:48

Increase in migration gain from abroad

A total of 3,400 people moved to the Helsinki region from abroad in October–December, while 1,250 moved away. The migration gain was 2,160, which is approximately 540 more than in the fourth quarter of the previous year. The growth of the migration gain is especially explained by the number of Finnish emigrants decreasing by 26 per cent (-250 people) while number of immigrants grew by 30 per cent (+190 people). Emigration among foreign nationals also decreased, and immigration increased slightly compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. Foreign migration gain also grew in other parts of Finland.

Foreign migration gain grew the most in Espoo, where it increased by approximately 240 people, with an increase of 200 people in Helsinki, compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. Foreign migration gain grew by 70 people in the KUUMA municipalities and by 30 people in Vantaa.

According to preliminary data, in 2020, the Helsinki region received a total foreign migration gain of 620 people (+8%) more than in the previous year. The growth is due to the considerable decrease in emigration, especially by Finnish nationals. More Finnish nationals moved to the region from abroad than in the previous year. However, there was less immigration from abroad by foreign nationals.

In Helsinki and Vantaa, the foreign migration gain in 2020 remained close to the level of the previous year. In Espoo, foreign migration gain grew by 270 people and by 360 people in the KUUMA municipalities. Foreign net migration also includes Finnish citizens moving from abroad, but not foreign nationals migrating to the region from other parts of Finland. Typically, the Helsinki region has substantially more migration gain from foreign nationals than from abroad.