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