Ability to speak Welsh in the censuses of population: a longitudinal analysis

Jones, H. (2005) Population Trends, 122(4), 83 - 86 Office for National Statistics. [ONS LS]

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This report examines change in individualsʼ ability to speak Welsh by examining responses to the Welsh language question asked in the censuses of Wales. While data from successive censuses are useful for understanding overall population trends, they do not allow us to understand individual transitions in Welsh-speaking status, because they encompass change in the composition of the population, particularly that due to migration. Therefore, the analysis in this report is based on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Longitudinal Study (LS), a record linkage study containing census information on a 1 per cent sample of the population. The LS is used to examine the relationship between individualsʼ ability to speak Welsh at one census and at the following census, and whether this relationship has changed between 1971 and 2001.

Available online: Population Trends,
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Output from project: 20080


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