In 2018, a total of 7,311 people moved from abroad to Helsinki. 5,346 of them, that is 73 per cent, had a foreign mother tongue. Of the 6,010 people who moved abroad from Helsinki, 3,069 i.e. 51 per cent had a foreign mother tongue. Thus, the international migration gain of people with a foreign mother tongue was 2,277 people. The net international migration gain was lower than earlier. The number of emigrants was higher than the previous year.  The international migration gain of foreign nationals was 2,758 people.

Those moving to Helsinki from the rest of Finland in 2018 amounted to 34,975 people and 6,648 i.e. 19 per cent of them had a foreign mother tongue. Those moving from Helsinki to the rest of Finland numbered 32,516, of whom 6,380 i.e. 20 per cent had a foreign mother tongue. The net migration of population with a foreign mother tongue was 268 people. This was significantly lower than the previous year. Compared to the previous year, migration increased to Helsinki from the rest of the country. The migration gain of foreign nationals was 283 people.

In the internal migration within the Helsinki Region, Helsinki had a net migration loss of 1 446 residents with a foreign mother tongue in 2018. This was more than before. By comparison, the migration-related loss of domestic-mother-tongue residents to the rest of the Helsinki Region was 1 684 residents.