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London has witnessed the largest numbers of newcomers, a continuation of its history. But many areas around the UK have witnessed a greater rate of change because they may have had few or no non-British Isles born residents until recent years.

LEFT - Bar chart showing regions with the most people born outside British Isles, 2001: London 1,779,300; South East 580,417; West Midlands 342,269; East of England 328,131; North West 280,055. RIGHT - Bar chart showing regions with biggest increase in people born outside British Isles, 1991-2001: London 44.27%; North East 41.52%; South East 36.15%; Scotland 34.44%; South West 34.17%.
Click on region/nation titles in the table below for more, including detail at local level. Look down the page to see areas in Britain with the highest proportions of people born abroad.
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Distribution of people born abroad
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
East Midlands 176,488 224,623 27.27 4.46 5.38 0.92
East of England 255,417 328,131 28.47 5.05 6.09 1.04
London 1,233,328 1,779,300 44.27 18.46 24.81 6.35
North East 47,527 67,259 41.52 1.87 2.67 0.80
North West 213,356 280,055 31.26 3.17 4.16 0.99
Scotland 125,071 168,142 34.44 2.50 3.32 0.82
South East 426,314 580,417 36.15 5.68 7.25 1.57
South West 162,744 218,348 34.17 3.53 4.43 0.90
Wales 62,374 77,312 23.95 2.20 2.66 0.46
West Midlands 270,719 342,269 26.43 5.26 6.50 1.24
Yorks & Humber 180,037 235,424 30.76 3.72 4.74 1.02
Local areas with highest proportion of people born abroad
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Region 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Wembley London 18,453 18,258 -1.06 41.39 51.93 10.54
Hyde Park London 28,243 32,128 13.76 46.31 48.37 2.06
Southall W London 25,556 30,573 19.63 41.79 47.43 5.64
East Ham N London 17,288 23,293 34.74 38.38 46.56 8.18
Kensington London 22,287 28,757 29.03 42.97 45.77 2.80
Chelsea London 20,464 26,429 29.15 39.78 43.09 3.31
Sudbury London 12,016 21,109 75.67 33.47 42.91 9.44
Queensbury London 12,986 15,641 20.45 33.82 40.89 7.07
Tottenham S London 15,628 19,716 26.16 36.01 40.85 4.84
Tottenham N London 17,117 24,801 44.89 30.53 40.52 9.99

Local areas with highest proportion of people born abroad (outside London)
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Region 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Belgrave East Midlands 16,539 19,126 15.64 33.59 40.11 6.52
Knighton East Midlands 17,494 19,744 12.86 30.81 36.18 5.37
Sparkbrook West Midlands 17,863 22,301 24.84 31.06 35.16 4.10
Handsworth West Midlands 15,792 18,339 16.13 30.37 34.26 3.89
Bradford University Yorks & Humber 15,567 18,579 19.35 29.21 32.02 2.81
Ladywood E West Midlands 12,041 15,595 29.52 24.25 28.69 4.44
Ladywood W West Midlands 12,571 14,036 11.65 23.80 28.40 4.60
Slough E South East 10,022 14,173 41.42 20.25 26.32 6.07
Luton High Town East of England 9,673 13,743 42.08 19.39 25.20 5.81
Oxford W South East 4,992 9,310 86.50 19.79 24.81 5.02
 
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