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