The figures, published yesterday, show 47,000 people migrated to Scotland in 1994 continuing the trend of more people moving to Scotland than leaving Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MP said today.
Since 1988 there has been a net gain of 7,000 a year in Scotland's population.
Lord James said:
'People are coming in increasing numbers to Scotland in recognition of the standard of living and quality of life the country offers. They are recognising Scotland as a centre of enterprise and investment, with a renowned education system and a country prospering as part of the Union. Many I am sure are Scots returning home to take up the new opportunities that are being offered throughout the country as a result of Scotland's inward investment successes.'
The statistics have been compiled from statistics from the Office of Population, Census and Surveys, the Registrar General for Scotland and the National Health Service Central Register.