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At-a-glance
280,055 people born abroad were living in the North West in 2001 4% of the population.

3,361 people born abroad in Liverpool Riverside North represented the region's greatest rate of change in the decade to 2001 at an increase of more than 100%.

24.1% of people living in Gorton West were born abroad, the highest proportion in the region.

322 people living in east Makerfield represent the region's smallest cluster of people born abroad.


The North West has been associated with migration for more than a century first through the Irish to Liverpool and Manchester and more lately thanks to arrivals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Far East.

In the 2001 figures it is the region with the fifth largest number of residents who were born abroad. The North West's South Asian communities form the modern backbone of this migration in a band of Lancashire towns running along the side of the Pennines.

Areas of Manchester and Blackburn are home to the most people born abroad, reaching almost a quarter of the local population in Gorton.

Liverpool Riverside has seen the greatest rate of change, much of it probably down to asylum dispersal out of London.

People living in the North West
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
All people 6,726,917 6,729,636 0.04 100 100 0
Born outside British Isles 213,356 280,055 31.26 3.17 4.16 0.99

Top 10 places of birth outside British Isles
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Country 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Pakistan 34,653 46,559 34.36 0.52 0.69 0.17
India 28,298 34,611 22.31 0.42 0.51 0.09
Germany 16,741 19,938 19.10 0.25 0.30 0.05
Bangladesh 9,220 13,758 49.22 0.14 0.20 0.06
Caribbean 11,583 10,656 -8.00 0.17 0.16 -0.01
Hong Kong 7,564 9,047 19.61 0.11 0.13 0.02
Other South & E Africa n/a 8,870 n/a n/a 0.13 n/a
South Africa 4,586 7,772 69.47 0.07 0.12 0.05
Other Far East n/a 7,118 n/a n/a 0.11 n/a
USA 5,573 7,015 25.87 0.08 0.10 0.02

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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 +/- %
Accrington 2,480 2,607 5.12 5.24 6.14 0.90
Altrincham 1,904 2,720 42.86 4.49 6.08 1.59
Ardwick 2,107 3,813 80.97 4.61 9.94 5.33
Ashton E 3,449 3,692 7.05 7.77 8.48 0.71
Ashton W 832 1,208 45.19 1.55 2.25 0.70
Barnoldswick 732 715 -2.32 1.73 2.07 0.34
Barrow-in-Furness 1,021 1,162 13.81 1.66 1.96 0.30
Bebington 1,077 1,205 11.88 2.20 2.58 0.38
Birkenhead NE 666 770 15.62 1.60 2.20 0.60
Birkenhead SW 1,023 1,023 0.00 2.32 2.48 0.16
Blackburn E 7,716 9,775 26.68 14.69 17.54 2.85
Blackburn W 2,726 3,184 16.80 5.56 7.21 1.65
Blackley N 1,610 2,370 47.20 4.42 7.33 2.91
Blackley S 3,986 4,915 23.31 7.67 11.03 3.36
Blackpool Marton 843 1,071 27.05 1.79 2.29 0.50
Blackpool N 895 1,093 22.12 1.90 2.37 0.47
Blackpool South Shore 1,151 1,416 23.02 2.22 2.87 0.65
Bolton Central 3,876 4,335 11.84 7.86 9.32 1.46
Bolton Daubhill 6,161 7,491 21.59 12.08 14.49 2.41
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Bootle E 378 459 21.43 0.83 1.16 0.33
Bootle W 372 492 32.26 1.01 1.29 0.28
Bradshaw 844 1,036 22.75 2.08 2.53 0.45
Bramhall 1,196 1,320 10.37 3.82 4.34 0.52
Burnage 3,104 4,510 45.30 7.90 10.46 2.56
Burnley E 345 545 57.97 1.52 1.89 0.37
Burnley W 3,140 3,904 24.33 4.59 6.43 1.84
Bury Central 2,380 2,960 24.37 5.68 7.11 1.43
Carlisle E 824 1,032 25.24 2.09 2.59 0.50
Carlisle W 673 674 0.15 1.81 1.84 0.03
Carnforth 762 998 30.97 1.84 2.19 0.35
Cheadle Hulme 2,284 3,265 42.95 4.19 5.85 1.66
Chester N 1,521 1,943 27.74 3.24 4.31 1.07
Chester S 1,435 2,021 40.84 3.45 4.63 1.18
Chorley Rural 1,020 1,462 43.33 1.65 2.12 0.47
Chorley Urban 750 885 18.00 2.17 2.80 0.63
Clitheroe 1,109 1,472 32.73 1.90 2.40 0.50
Congleton N 937 1,249 33.30 1.95 2.41 0.46
Congleton S 576 888 54.17 1.58 2.28 0.70
Copeland Rural 394 415 5.33 1.70 1.81 0.11
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Crewe Rural 578 1,047 81.14 1.57 2.27 0.70
Crewe Urban 1,068 1,248 16.85 2.08 2.77 0.69
Crosby N 730 786 7.67 1.89 2.13 0.24
Crosby S 654 823 25.84 1.81 2.27 0.46
Culcheth 989 1,119 13.14 2.01 2.26 0.25
Darwen 853 1,127 32.12 2.43 3.00 0.57
Deane-Cum-Heaton 1,485 1,943 30.84 3.46 4.39 0.93
Denton 789 847 7.35 2.17 2.36 0.19
Didsbury 3,232 4,246 31.37 8.16 10.22 2.06
Ellesmere Port E 1,011 1,193 18.00 1.68 2.04 0.36
Ellesmere Port W 575 763 32.70 2.14 2.58 0.44
Fleetwood 713 1,186 66.34 1.52 2.42 0.90
Garston N 1,112 1,383 24.37 2.23 2.86 0.63
Garston S 676 844 24.85 1.69 2.29 0.60
Gorton E 1,996 3,302 65.43 4.95 8.96 4.01
Gorton W 6,650 10,739 61.49 18.42 24.10 5.68
Great Harwood 1,142 1,456 27.50 2.80 3.26 0.46
Halewood 457 674 47.48 1.37 1.79 0.42
Heywood 1,325 1,716 29.51 2.54 3.34 0.80
Horwich 572 808 41.26 1.53 2.03 0.50
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Hoylake 1,112 1,262 13.49 2.30 2.66 0.36
Huyton 562 619 10.14 0.89 1.01 0.12
Hyde 1,786 2,098 17.47 3.96 4.66 0.70
Irlam 686 964 40.52 1.66 2.28 0.62
Kirkham 1,288 1,720 33.54 2.55 3.09 0.54
Knowsley N 403 520 29.03 0.73 1.00 0.27
Knutsford 910 1,122 23.30 2.27 2.77 0.50
Lancaster 1,855 3,247 75.04 2.80 4.56 1.76
Leigh N 693 811 17.03 1.32 1.54 0.22
Leigh S 605 731 20.83 1.57 1.82 0.25
Leyland 1,110 1,402 26.31 1.76 2.16 0.40
Little Lever 836 966 15.55 2.24 2.56 0.32
Liverpool Riverside N 1,642 3,361 104.69 4.90 9.25 4.35
Liverpool Riverside S 2,985 4,639 55.41 5.59 8.58 2.99
Lymm 848 1,328 56.60 2.39 3.34 0.95
Lytham St. Anne's 1,071 1,484 38.56 2.59 3.59 1.00
Macclesfield Rural 983 1,246 26.75 2.33 3.09 0.76
Macclesfield Urban 1,158 1,529 32.04 2.36 3.05 0.69
Makerfield E 255 322 26.27 1.00 1.22 0.22
Makerfield W 620 821 32.42 0.96 1.34 0.38
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Marple 778 938 20.57 1.95 2.42 0.47
Middleton 765 978 27.84 1.67 2.14 0.47
Morecambe 771 983 27.50 1.76 2.12 0.36
Moss Side 7,150 10,708 49.76 16.88 23.68 6.80
Nelson 4,223 5,989 41.82 9.86 10.97 1.11
Newton-Le-Willows 563 747 32.68 1.13 1.45 0.32
Oldham E 2,679 3,642 35.95 6.18 5.59 -0.59
Oldham W 7,446 9,793 31.52 16.59 21.67 5.08
Ormskirk 779 1,193 53.15 1.43 2.26 0.83
Penrith Rural 817 927 13.46 1.49 1.69 0.20
Penrith Urban 444 524 18.02 1.69 1.76 0.07
Poulton-le-Fylde 463 505 9.07 1.70 1.85 0.15
Preston E 5,116 6,097 19.18 9.40 12.40 3.00
Preston Middleforth 667 935 40.18 2.23 3.05 0.82
Preston N 1,025 1,563 52.49 3.92 5.46 1.54
Preston SW 1,591 2,390 50.22 3.89 5.42 1.53
Prestwich 1,848 2,342 26.73 4.38 5.48 1.10
Radcliffe 1,132 1,535 35.60 2.60 3.32 0.72
Rainford 380 492 29.47 0.92 1.23 0.31
Rawtenstall 1,113 1,586 42.50 1.99 2.64 0.65
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Reddish 1,081 1,307 20.91 1.99 2.41 0.42
Rochdale N 1,286 1,648 28.15 3.21 3.76 0.55
Rochdale S 7,497 8,994 19.97 14.17 17.01 2.84
Romiley 707 954 34.94 1.65 2.21 0.56
Royton 1,137 1,352 18.91 2.15 2.60 0.45
Runcorn 429 385 -10.26 1.16 1.16 0.00
Saddleworth 1,026 674 -34.31 1.84 1.88 0.04
Sale E 1,743 2,483 42.46 3.21 4.72 1.51
Sale W 1,445 2,015 39.45 3.13 4.43 1.30
Salford E 2,089 3,487 66.92 5.31 9.28 3.97
Salford W 1,036 1,303 25.77 2.53 3.71 1.18
Sefton E 631 624 -1.11 1.45 1.49 0.04
Skelmersdale 674 714 5.93 1.69 1.76 0.07
Southport E 1,230 1,456 18.37 2.42 2.74 0.32
Southport W 1,142 1,268 11.03 2.97 3.42 0.45
St. Helens Eccleston 703 861 22.48 1.40 1.70 0.30
St. Helens Sutton 362 355 -1.93 0.97 1.03 0.06
Stalybridge 1,002 1,034 3.19 2.33 2.50 0.17
Stockport E 1,017 1,467 44.25 2.19 3.19 1.00
Stockport W 1,857 2,348 26.44 4.63 5.83 1.20
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Stretford 4,567 5,393 18.09 9.78 11.97 2.19
Swinton 1,143 1,470 28.61 2.25 2.94 0.69
Tottington 1,041 1,331 27.86 2.12 2.66 0.54
Tyldesley 624 669 7.21 1.48 1.68 0.20
Ulverston 410 445 8.54 1.46 1.57 0.11
Urmston 969 1,158 19.50 2.01 2.53 0.52
Walkden 736 1,141 55.03 1.53 2.23 0.70
Wallasey E 880 997 13.30 1.92 2.27 0.35
Wallasey W 642 804 25.23 1.57 1.99 0.42
Walton N 542 734 35.42 1.15 1.61 0.46
Walton S 468 642 37.18 1.05 1.64 0.59
Warrington Latchford 1,118 1,516 35.60 2.13 2.65 0.52
Warrington Orford 861 1,032 19.86 1.90 2.32 0.42
Wavertree E 1,192 1,687 41.53 2.40 3.40 1.00
Wavertree W 1,091 2,059 88.73 2.52 5.18 2.66
Weaver Vale N 629 679 7.95 1.69 1.84 0.15
Weaver Vale S 940 1,092 16.17 1.91 2.28 0.37
West Derby E 662 1,065 60.88 1.45 2.17 0.72
West Derby W 499 682 36.67 1.10 1.67 0.57
Westmorland Rural 696 866 24.43 2.09 2.58 0.49
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Westmorland Urban 967 1,436 48.50 2.05 2.70 0.65
Whitehaven 568 607 6.87 1.18 1.31 0.13
Widnes 479 585 22.13 0.97 1.22 0.25
Wigan N 346 502 45.09 1.24 1.71 0.47
Wigan S 588 794 35.03 1.06 1.53 0.47
Wilmslow 1,729 2,238 29.44 4.31 5.56 1.25
Winsford Rural 850 1,248 46.82 2.03 2.58 0.55
Winsford Urban 801 1,118 39.58 2.03 2.35 0.32
Wirral Bromborough 489 563 15.13 1.66 2.04 0.38
Wirral Upton 569 666 17.05 1.80 2.21 0.41
Workington E 582 806 38.49 1.53 2.10 0.57
Workington W 508 510 0.39 1.10 1.14 0.04
Wythenshawe 1,012 1,387 37.06 2.11 3.24 1.13
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