In 2017, a total of 7,140 people moved from abroad to Helsinki. 5,324 of them, that is 74 per cent, had a foreign mother tongue. Of the 5,049 people who moved abroad from Helsinki, 2,637 i.e. 52 per cent had a foreign mother tongue. Thus, the international migration gain of people with a foreign mother tongue was 2,687 people. The net international migration gain was lower than earlier. The number of immigrants was lower and the number of emigrants higher than the previous year.  The international migration gain of foreign nationals was 2,861 people.

Those moving to Helsinki from the rest of Finland in 2017 amounted to 36,509 people and 7,132 i.e. 20 per cent of them had a foreign mother tongue. Those moving from Helsinki to the rest of Finland numbered 31,482, of whom 5,478 i.e. 17 per cent had a foreign mother tongue. The net migration of population with a foreign mother tongue was 1 654 people. Compared to the previous year, migration increased to Helsinki from the rest of the country. The migration gain of foreign nationals was 1,359 people.

In the internal migration within the Helsinki Region, Helsinki had a net migration loss of 339 residents with a foreign mother tongue in 2017. This was less than before. By comparison, the migration-related loss of domestic-mother-tongue residents to the rest of the Helsinki Region was 930 residents.