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