In 2016, a total of 7,224 people moved from abroad to Helsinki. 5,488 of them, that is 76 per cent, had a foreign mother tongue. Of the 5,407 people who moved abroad from Helsinki, 2,476 i.e. 46 per cent had a foreign mother tongue. Thus, the international migration gain of people with a foreign mother tongue was 3,012 people. The net international migration gain was at the same level as the previous year, i.e. lower than earlier. The numbers of both immigrants and emigrants were higher than the previous year.  The international migration gain of foreign nationals was 3,015 people.

Those moving to Helsinki from the rest of Finland in 2016 amounted to 35,338 people and 6,398 of them had a foreign mother tongue. Those moving from Helsinki to the rest of Finland numbered 32,053, of whom 5,580 had a foreign mother tongue. The net migration of population with a foreign mother tongue was 818 people. Compared to the previous year, migration increased in both directions between Helsinki and the rest of the country. The migration gain of foreign nationals was 568 people.

In the internal migration within the Helsinki Region, Helsinki had a net migration loss of 772 residents with a foreign mother tongue. This was more than ever before. Since 2007 the regional migration loss has been much higher than at the beginning of the 2000s. The migration-related loss of domestic-mother-tongue residents to the rest of the Helsinki Region was, for a few years, even smaller than that of foreign-mother-tongue residents, but it now grew again, to 1,439, in 2016.