People moving within London

What does this chart show?

This graph looks at how internal migration affects London’s age structure. It shows net internal migration by age group. That is how many people in each age group moved in from other parts of the UK, minus how many people in the same age group moved out to other parts of the UK. London is a net importer of certain young adult age groups, and a net exporter of others.

The figures for Inner London show net migration to and from all other parts of the UK, including Outer London. Negative numbers mean more people in that age group moved out of Inner London than moved in. Positive numbers mean more people moved in. The same principles apply to the figures for Outer London.

The only age groups in which Inner London had a net internal migration inflow are the age groups between 15 and 29. There is a peak in the age group 20 to 24 where 20,000 more people moved into Inner London from other parts of the UK than moved out. There is then a large net outflow of 25,000 in the age group 30 to 39. This is the age for the biggest exodus, with the outflow decreasing as retirement age approaches.

For Outer London, the pattern is similar but less pronounced. One significant difference is in the age group 15 to 19, where Inner London has a net inflow of 2,000 while Outer London has a net outflow of 12,000. 

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