Monday June 21, 2021

Migration to greater Helsinki reduces by halve in 2020

Published : 13 May 2021, 23:05

  DF Report

Metro Station at Helsinki Central Railway Station. File Photo City of Helsinki by Mika Lappalainen.

The combined total net migration of municipalities in Greater Helsinki in 2020 was 6,752 persons , under one half of the previous year’s level, according to Statistics Finland.

Total net migration includes migration gain from elsewhere in Finland and from abroad.

In internal migration, migration in Greater Helsinki turned negative and migration loss was even historically high in Espoo.

In 2020, the total net migration of the Greater Helsinki region was 6,752 persons, while in the previous year the region still received a migration gain of 13,867 persons.

The gain from total net migration in Greater Helsinki was 8,297 persons for foreign-language speakers and the loss was 1,545 persons for those speaking national languages.

Greater Helsinki lost 240 persons in internal migration. The internal migration loss of Greater Helsinki was caused entirely by those speaking national languages.

The net migration of national language-speakers to Greater Helsinki was 2,129 moves negative, while the corresponding figure for foreign-language speakers was 1,889 positive.

Meanwhile, Finland's migration gain from abroad rose to 17,814 persons in 2020, from 15,495 persons in the previous year. The reason for the higher migration gain was especially a decrease in emigration. The number of emigrants from Finland was 15,084, which is over 2,000 fewer than in the previous year. A total of 32,898 persons moved from abroad to Finland, good 100 persons more than in the year before.

Finland’s migration gain from foreign citizens was 16,705 persons, which is 94 per cent of Finland's total migration gain. After a long negative period, net immigration by Finnish citizens turned positive, 1,109 in 2020. Immigration by Finnish citizens rose by over one thousand to 9,638 moves and emigration declined by good one thousand to 8,529 moves in 2020. Immigration by Finnish citizens was highest in at least 30 years in 2020.