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