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