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At-a-glance
328,131 people born abroad were living in the East of England in 2001 6% of the region's population.

18% of the population was born in either Germany or the USA the vast majority being members of the US services.

96% more people born abroad living in west Thurrock was the biggest rate of change - 3,000 out of 60,000 people.

1.82% of residents in Canvey Island were born abroad the lowest proportion in the region.


In 2001, the East of England was home to the fourth largest group of people born abroad.

Of the 328,000 people born abroad living in this region, almost one in 10 of them was born in America. A slightly smaller proportion is Germany-born.

The vast majority in both these groups are US and British military personnel stationed in the region - but also services children born while their parents were stationed in Germany during the Cold War.

Since 2001 there has been dramatic change in agriculture as the trend for migrant farm workers, principally from Portugal and parts of Eastern Europe has grown, with many agri-businesses saying foreign recruitment is essential to their survival.

People living in the East of England
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
All people 5,055,573 5,388,213 6.58 100 100 0
Born outside British Isles 255,417 328,131 28.47 5.05 6.09 1.04

Top 10 places of birth outside British Isles
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Country 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
USA 38,698 30,924 -20.09 0.77 0.57 -0.20
Germany 23,061 27,564 19.53 0.46 0.51 0.05
India 22,421 25,783 14.99 0.44 0.48 0.04
Pakistan 13,424 17,948 33.70 0.27 0.33 0.06
Italy 13,163 14,107 7.17 0.26 0.26 0.00
Caribbean 13,584 13,805 1.63 0.27 0.26 -0.01
South Africa 6,141 13,387 117.99 0.12 0.25 0.13
Other South & E Africa n/a 12,506 n/a n/a 0.23 n/a
Bangladesh 7,127 10,443 46.53 0.14 0.19 0.05
Other Far East n/a 9,624 n/a n/a 0.18 n/a

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People born outside British Isles area by area
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Acle 1,380 1,605 16.30 2.51 2.76 0.25
Ampthill 3,614 2,688 -25.62 8.03 5.35 -2.68
Basildon Central 1,788 2,194 22.71 2.79 3.57 0.78
Bedford E 3,436 4,583 33.38 8.16 9.99 1.83
Bedford W 8,137 9,414 15.69 17.03 17.92 0.89
Benfleet 1,142 1,247 9.19 2.30 2.54 0.24
Billericay E 1,309 1,635 24.90 2.58 3.15 0.57
Billericay W 1,463 1,986 35.75 3.17 3.79 0.62
Bishop's Stortford 1,711 2,813 64.41 3.72 5.77 2.05
Borehamwood 2,724 4,487 64.72 5.47 8.14 2.67
Braintree NW 1,227 1,726 40.67 3.03 3.47 0.44
Braintree South E 1,476 1,653 11.99 2.88 3.18 0.30
Brentwood 2,506 3,128 24.82 4.58 5.89 1.31
Bury St. Edmunds E 1,387 1,895 36.63 2.94 3.54 0.60
Bury St. Edmunds W 1,862 2,592 39.21 4.28 5.53 1.25
Bushey 3,153 4,171 32.29 8.34 10.61 2.27
Caddington 2,111 2,972 40.79 6.16 8.08 1.92
Cambridge E 4,935 8,255 67.27 9.72 15.12 5.40
Cambridge W 6,104 11,344 85.85 14.84 20.90 6.06
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Canvey Island 605 684 13.06 1.64 1.82 0.18
Central Suffolk 1,802 1,742 -3.33 3.77 3.45 -0.32
Chelmsford E 988 1,033 4.55 3.25 3.82 0.57
Chelmsford Moulsham 1,831 2,438 33.15 4.07 5.02 0.95
Chelmsford Rural W 1,800 2,652 47.33 3.57 4.84 1.27
Cheshunt N 2,232 2,688 20.43 4.78 5.57 0.79
Cheshunt S 1,893 2,697 42.47 5.45 6.95 1.50
Chigwell 2,542 3,948 55.31 4.88 7.37 2.49
Chipping Ongar 773 961 24.32 2.55 3.03 0.48
Colchester E 2,802 3,901 39.22 5.60 7.35 1.75
Colchester W 3,145 3,614 14.91 7.19 7.34 0.15
Cringleford 2,308 3,847 66.68 5.31 8.30 2.99
Downham 1,990 2,257 13.42 5.79 6.18 0.39
Dunstable 1,983 2,133 7.56 3.97 4.20 0.23
East Bedfordshire 1,686 1,917 13.70 3.54 3.66 0.12
East Dereham 931 1,417 52.20 2.50 3.32 0.82
Ely 1,932 3,742 93.69 4.08 6.43 2.35
Epping 1,299 1,915 47.42 3.28 4.48 1.20
Flitwick 1,382 1,808 30.82 3.77 4.19 0.42
Fulbourn 2,020 3,464 71.49 4.33 6.56 2.23
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Great Shelford 1,961 2,715 38.45 4.15 5.58 1.43
Great Yarmouth N 1,022 1,078 5.48 2.38 2.45 0.07
Great Yarmouth S 1,007 1,209 20.06 2.24 2.58 0.34
Hadleigh 1,268 1,414 11.51 3.39 3.51 0.12
Hardwick 1,578 2,275 44.17 5.82 7.94 2.12
Harlow E 1,366 2,043 49.56 3.37 4.60 1.23
Harlow W 1,826 2,241 22.73 4.14 5.26 1.12
Harpenden 2,342 3,135 33.86 5.32 7.06 1.74
Harwich N 1,057 1,316 24.50 2.52 2.75 0.23
Harwich S 1,096 1,569 43.16 2.23 2.80 0.57
Hatfield 2,200 3,962 80.09 5.29 8.89 3.60
Haverhill 1,851 2,118 14.42 4.14 4.46 0.32
Hemel Hempstead E 2,074 2,896 39.63 4.58 6.20 1.62
Hemel Hempstead W 2,053 2,549 24.16 4.35 5.38 1.03
Hertford 1,567 2,630 67.84 3.69 5.20 1.51
Hitchin 2,872 3,523 22.67 6.80 7.82 1.02
Huntingdon E 4,003 3,834 -4.22 7.47 6.89 -0.58
Huntingdon W 3,433 3,402 -0.90 7.19 6.73 -0.46
Ipswich E 2,582 2,741 6.16 4.90 5.46 0.56
Ipswich N 1,327 2,318 74.68 3.54 5.04 1.50
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Ipswich W 1,713 2,204 28.66 4.78 6.09 1.31
King's Lynn E 1,105 1,407 27.33 2.50 3.05 0.55
King's Lynn W 1,143 1,686 47.51 2.21 3.20 0.99
Leighton Buzzard 2,000 2,183 9.15 4.01 4.38 0.37
Letchworth 2,697 3,104 15.09 6.52 7.25 0.73
Littleport 572 812 41.96 4.39 5.39 1.00
Lowestoft 800 981 22.63 1.84 2.13 0.29
Luton Brambury 3,448 4,689 35.99 7.90 10.26 2.36
Luton High Town 9,673 13,743 42.08 19.39 25.20 5.81
Luton Leagrave 5,895 8,435 43.09 13.43 17.80 4.37
Maldon 1,291 1,650 27.81 2.44 2.78 0.34
Mildenhall 12,184 12,297 0.93 22.22 22.14 -0.08
NE Hertfordshire Rural 1,328 1,980 49.10 3.04 4.30 1.26
North Bedfordshire 1,402 1,809 29.03 4.19 4.90 0.71
North East Essex 894 1,101 23.15 2.58 3.17 0.59
North Norfolk Rural 1,145 1,262 10.22 3.00 2.90 -0.10
North Norfolk Urban 1,168 1,451 24.23 2.24 2.64 0.40
North West Essex 1,919 3,346 74.36 3.94 6.25 2.31
Norwich North E 962 1,234 28.27 2.50 3.20 0.70
Norwich South E 1,528 1,857 21.53 3.35 4.44 1.09
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Orton 2,572 3,084 19.91 6.75 7.40 0.65
Peterborough E 5,170 6,196 19.85 11.36 13.07 1.71
Peterborough W 3,295 3,881 17.78 6.44 8.11 1.67
Rayleigh E 539 642 19.11 1.91 2.44 0.53
Rayleigh W 1,457 1,827 25.39 2.44 2.83 0.39
Rochford 352 352 0.00 2.48 2.45 -0.03
Saffron Walden E 647 926 43.12 2.38 3.03 0.65
Saffron Walden W 2,403 3,517 46.36 3.67 5.10 1.43
South Hertfordshire 4,214 5,652 34.12 7.80 9.86 2.06
South Norfolk Rural 1,164 1,450 24.57 2.45 3.08 0.63
South Norfolk Urban 1,153 1,889 63.83 2.38 3.24 0.86
Southend E 3,070 4,325 40.88 4.05 5.70 1.65
Southend Leigh 1,636 2,086 27.51 3.55 4.56 1.01
Southend Prittlewell 1,435 1,875 30.66 3.92 4.85 0.93
St. Albans E 4,002 4,857 21.36 9.09 10.53 1.44
St. Albans W 2,991 3,997 33.63 7.26 9.60 2.34
Stanford Le Hope 772 1,042 34.97 2.17 2.90 0.73
Stevenage N 2,154 2,671 24.00 4.58 5.56 0.98
Stevenage S 1,306 1,854 41.96 3.25 4.19 0.94
Sudbury 1,306 1,529 17.08 2.85 3.25 0.40
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Suffolk Coastal N 6,395 1,950 -69.51 13.06 4.06 -9.00
Suffolk Coastal S 2,532 2,055 -18.84 5.51 4.30 -1.21
Taverham & Thorpe 1,315 1,844 40.23 2.56 3.06 0.50
Thetford 3,485 4,478 28.49 4.98 5.69 0.71
Thurrock E 956 1,843 92.78 2.26 3.75 1.49
Thurrock W 1,561 3,062 96.16 3.13 5.28 2.15
Watford Central 6,483 9,218 42.19 8.69 11.57 2.88
Watford Outer 1,353 1,546 14.26 6.34 6.94 0.60
Waveney Rural 1,149 1,268 10.36 2.27 2.38 0.11
Welwyn Garden City 2,384 3,489 46.35 4.69 6.58 1.89
West Hertfordshire 1,855 2,776 49.65 4.67 6.35 1.68
Whittlesey 1,698 2,483 46.23 2.09 2.73 0.64
Yaxley 3,852 3,022 -21.55 7.10 4.85 -2.25
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