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At-a-glance
580,417 people in the South East in 2001 were born abroad, just short of the national average of 7.5%.

36% more people born abroad lived in the region in 2001 than in 1991 the third fastest rate of change.

24,000 people born abroad who live in Slough comprise the largest cluster, about a fifth of the local population.

2.82% of the population of Sittingbourne were born abroad the lowest proportion in the region.


With 580,000 people born abroad recorded in 2001, south-east England had the second highest number in the country and one of the fastest rates of change.

The region has seen rapid change in areas on the outskirts of London for a variety of reasons. Firstly, long-established immigrant communities have tended to move further out of London as they have become more affluent, following the pattern of many British-born.

Secondly, new clusters of migrants have developed largely because of asylum movements. Thirdly, established clusters of people born-abroad, such as Slough's Pakistani-born community, have continued to develop.

Finally, education has played a part: some of the greatest growth is in towns like Oxford, in which the universities regard fee-paying foreign students as key to their future.

People living in the South East
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
All people 7,500,382 8,000,385 6.67 100 100 0
Born outside British Isles 426,314 580,417 36.15 5.68 7.25 1.57

Top 10 places of birth outside British Isles
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Country 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
India 44,873 51,227 14.16 0.60 0.64 0.04
Germany 42,105 50,291 19.44 0.56 0.63 0.07
South Africa 15,277 31,062 103.33 0.20 0.39 0.19
USA 28,240 28,929 2.44 0.38 0.36 -0.02
Pakistan 20,940 28,413 35.69 0.28 0.36 0.08
Other South & E Africa n/a 22,267 n/a n/a 0.28 n/a
France 11,429 19,063 66.79 0.15 0.24 0.09
Australia 14,562 18,720 28.55 0.19 0.23 0.04
Other Far East n/a 17,993 n/a n/a 0.22 n/a
Non-EU states in W Europe n/a 17,367 n/a n/a 0.22 n/a

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People born outside British Isles area by area
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Sort by:
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Abingdon 3,038 4,116 35.48 5.76 7.71 1.95
Addlestone 2,906 5,135 76.70 5.56 9.23 3.67
Aldershot N 2,795 3,552 27.08 5.03 6.22 1.19
Aldershot S 3,444 4,514 31.07 6.39 7.56 1.17
Amersham 3,433 4,554 32.65 7.28 9.69 2.41
Andover 2,567 3,036 18.27 5.27 5.88 0.61
Arundel 1,130 1,427 26.28 4.02 4.62 0.60
Ashford Rural 1,953 2,646 35.48 4.08 4.83 0.75
Ashford Urban 1,640 2,388 45.61 3.69 4.98 1.29
Aylesbury Rural 1,734 1,700 -1.96 4.88 5.51 0.63
Aylesbury Urban 5,081 6,620 30.29 7.50 8.60 1.10
Aylesford 828 1,050 26.81 2.55 3.08 0.53
Banbury Central 3,299 3,309 0.30 5.94 5.46 -0.48
Basingstoke E 2,155 3,157 46.50 4.88 6.20 1.32
Basingstoke W 2,496 3,124 25.16 4.54 5.71 1.17
Battle 1,960 2,288 16.73 4.69 4.98 0.29
Beaconsfield E 3,364 5,158 53.33 8.77 12.03 3.26
Beaconsfield W 3,198 4,111 28.55 6.37 8.14 1.77
Bexhill 1,510 2,020 33.77 3.88 4.99 1.11
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Bicester 7,272 4,552 -37.40 12.66 6.83 -5.83
Bletchley 3,522 3,704 5.17 6.70 8.10 1.40
Bognor Regis 2,086 2,485 19.13 3.63 3.98 0.35
Bordon 2,315 2,730 17.93 6.49 6.88 0.39
Bracknell Forest 3,211 5,482 70.73 6.40 8.67 2.27
Bracknell Town 2,372 4,100 72.85 4.71 7.29 2.58
Brighton Central 3,202 4,317 34.82 9.03 11.96 2.93
Brighton E 3,247 5,446 67.72 5.13 8.45 3.32
Brighton W 2,790 4,776 71.18 6.23 8.67 2.44
Buckingham E 1,476 1,695 14.84 3.60 4.17 0.57
Buckingham W 1,914 3,128 63.43 5.14 6.50 1.36
Burgess Hill 2,092 2,855 36.47 4.70 5.88 1.18
Canterbury N 1,535 2,939 91.47 3.63 6.31 2.68
Canterbury S 2,944 5,085 72.72 6.03 9.51 3.48
Caterham 1,539 1,860 20.86 5.85 6.74 0.89
Chatham 2,648 2,579 -2.61 4.34 4.67 0.33
Chesham 2,094 2,839 35.58 5.02 6.63 1.61
Chichester N 2,397 2,611 8.93 5.28 5.74 0.46
Chichester S 2,149 2,897 34.81 4.47 5.59 1.12
Crawley E 3,009 4,941 64.21 7.05 9.35 2.30
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Crawley W 3,956 5,404 36.60 8.80 11.53 2.73
Crowborough 2,910 4,052 39.24 5.66 7.71 2.05
Dartford N 922 1,282 39.05 3.02 3.90 0.88
Dartford S 2,288 3,003 31.25 4.67 5.66 0.99
Dorking 2,172 2,846 31.03 5.09 6.53 1.44
Dover E 1,785 2,028 13.61 3.67 4.75 1.08
Dover W 1,418 1,772 24.96 3.41 4.24 0.83
East Grinstead 2,679 3,308 23.48 5.88 7.31 1.43
Eastbourne E 2,172 2,889 33.01 4.94 5.71 0.77
Eastbourne W 2,562 3,713 44.93 5.69 8.03 2.34
Eastleigh N 1,696 1,806 6.49 3.77 4.13 0.36
Eastleigh S 1,444 2,110 46.12 3.32 4.03 0.71
Epsom 4,189 4,941 17.95 8.23 9.79 1.56
Esher 6,119 8,465 38.34 9.02 11.59 2.57
Ewell 3,334 4,563 36.86 7.28 9.56 2.28
Fareham E 1,727 2,071 19.92 3.42 3.96 0.54
Fareham W 1,281 1,844 43.95 3.74 4.52 0.78
Farnham 2,027 2,791 37.69 5.58 7.54 1.96
Faversham 793 1,043 31.53 2.66 3.38 0.72
Fleet 3,885 4,257 9.58 7.20 7.38 0.18
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Folkestone Rural 975 1,342 37.64 3.01 3.62 0.61
Folkestone Urban 3,103 4,133 33.19 5.26 6.98 1.72
Gillingham E 2,449 2,632 7.47 4.66 5.00 0.34
Gillingham W 2,516 3,361 33.59 5.87 6.71 0.84
Godalming 3,897 5,049 29.56 6.88 8.70 1.82
Gosport E 1,583 1,863 17.69 3.66 4.18 0.52
Gosport W 1,702 1,845 8.40 3.67 3.95 0.28
Gravesend 2,370 2,845 20.04 5.22 6.13 0.91
Guildford Rural 2,760 3,859 39.82 6.65 8.86 2.21
Guildford Urban 4,100 6,610 61.22 7.53 11.67 4.14
Hailsham 1,739 2,332 34.10 3.59 4.20 0.61
Hastings E 1,165 1,222 4.89 3.18 3.64 0.46
Hastings W 2,308 3,231 39.99 4.07 5.06 0.99
Havant Central 1,968 2,016 2.44 3.02 3.21 0.19
Hayling & Emsworth 967 1,146 18.51 3.76 4.36 0.60
Henley N 2,151 2,822 31.19 4.36 5.62 1.26
Henley S 2,617 3,297 25.98 6.94 8.49 1.55
Herne Bay 930 1,083 16.45 2.84 3.08 0.24
Horndean 1,510 1,678 11.13 3.48 3.90 0.42
Horsham Rural 2,130 3,285 54.23 4.99 6.58 1.59
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Horsham Urban 2,173 3,375 55.32 4.39 5.81 1.42
Hove Coast 4,130 6,307 52.71 9.78 13.06 3.28
Hove Inland 2,182 2,924 34.01 5.06 6.66 1.60
Isle of Wight E 1,727 2,083 20.61 2.76 3.08 0.32
Isle of Wight W 1,733 2,303 32.89 2.80 3.53 0.73
Leatherhead 2,957 3,768 27.43 6.48 8.16 1.68
Lewes N 1,164 1,355 16.41 3.83 4.34 0.51
Lewes S 1,770 2,320 31.07 4.63 5.68 1.05
Littlehampton 855 1,072 25.38 3.67 4.19 0.52
Lyndhurst 1,601 1,838 14.80 3.66 4.14 0.48
Maidenhead E 5,673 7,443 31.20 8.96 11.85 2.89
Maidenhead W 1,311 1,953 48.97 5.65 7.69 2.04
Maidstone E 1,835 2,208 20.33 3.19 3.86 0.67
Maidstone W 2,320 3,185 37.28 4.50 5.86 1.36
Malling 1,374 1,874 36.39 3.53 4.53 1.00
Margate 2,000 2,622 31.10 3.51 4.62 1.11
Medway N 1,464 1,577 7.72 4.04 4.14 0.10
Medway S 2,600 3,412 31.23 5.45 6.38 0.93
Milton 1,820 3,988 119.12 4.74 7.49 2.75
Milton Keynes N 3,784 7,761 105.10 7.62 11.11 3.49
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Milton Keynes W 2,320 5,091 119.44 6.11 9.00 2.89
New Milton 2,040 2,169 6.32 4.32 4.53 0.21
Newbury Rural 2,942 3,580 21.69 5.40 6.12 0.72
Newbury Urban 2,531 2,701 6.72 5.00 5.04 0.04
Newport Pagnell 1,435 1,665 16.03 3.97 4.78 0.81
Northfleet 3,097 3,623 16.98 6.59 7.35 0.76
Oxford Headington 4,763 8,515 78.77 9.86 16.55 6.69
Oxford Iffley 3,404 5,956 74.97 9.31 13.16 3.85
Oxford W 4,992 9,310 86.50 19.79 24.81 5.02
Oxted 2,597 3,106 19.60 5.19 6.02 0.83
Peacehaven 962 1,285 33.58 3.21 4.07 0.86
Petersfield 2,525 3,163 25.27 4.76 5.81 1.05
Portsea 2,924 5,220 78.52 5.53 9.89 4.36
Portsmouth Cosham 1,212 1,729 42.66 2.99 4.13 1.14
Portsmouth Drayton 1,537 1,841 19.78 3.58 4.74 1.16
Purley on Thames 1,474 1,847 25.31 4.68 5.72 1.04
Ramsgate Coastal 1,487 2,031 36.58 3.58 4.45 0.87
Ramsgate Inland 1,077 1,545 43.45 2.82 3.48 0.66
Reading Caversham 5,626 8,839 57.11 13.87 19.27 5.40
Reading North E 3,363 4,972 47.84 6.81 9.16 2.35
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Reading Southcote 4,025 6,254 55.38 6.63 9.44 2.81
Reigate N 2,352 3,137 33.38 6.03 7.59 1.56
Reigate S 3,572 5,350 49.78 5.72 7.92 2.20
Ringwood 1,086 1,389 27.90 3.56 4.34 0.78
Romsey Rural 1,592 1,846 15.95 4.25 4.84 0.59
Romsey Urban 2,524 3,726 47.62 5.48 6.99 1.51
Sevenoaks N 1,777 1,995 12.27 3.13 3.60 0.47
Sevenoaks S 2,501 3,407 36.23 6.48 8.56 2.08
Sheppey 1,047 1,414 35.05 2.47 3.08 0.61
Shoreham 1,800 2,268 26.00 3.10 3.81 0.71
Sittingbourne 1,117 1,297 16.11 2.56 2.82 0.26
Slough E 10,022 14,173 41.42 20.25 26.32 6.07
Slough W 6,801 10,419 53.20 15.20 19.52 4.32
South Downs E 2,365 2,894 22.37 4.38 5.30 0.92
Southampton Bitterne 2,711 4,604 69.83 7.08 8.83 1.75
Southampton Millbrook 1,548 2,045 32.11 3.58 4.74 1.16
Southampton P'tswood 4,119 6,933 68.32 8.73 12.64 3.91
Southampton Sholing 1,490 1,988 33.42 2.72 3.67 0.95
Staines 2,150 3,574 66.23 6.65 8.46 1.81
Sunbury 2,837 3,115 9.80 4.92 6.48 1.56
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Sunningdale 4,008 5,162 28.79 9.43 13.66 4.23
Surrey Heath N 1,677 2,314 37.98 6.17 8.22 2.05
Surrey Heath S 4,906 6,153 25.42 7.06 8.53 1.47
The Weald 1,456 1,980 35.99 3.54 4.64 1.10
Tonbridge 1,576 2,133 35.34 3.59 4.62 1.03
Totton 1,218 1,587 30.30 3.12 3.52 0.40
Tunbridge Wells E 1,884 2,447 29.88 4.52 5.56 1.04
Tunbridge Wells W 2,474 3,169 28.09 5.63 7.10 1.47
Walton 4,616 5,752 24.61 16.34 19.56 3.22
Wantage E 2,076 3,045 46.68 4.46 5.65 1.19
Wantage W 2,132 3,054 43.25 4.95 6.43 1.48
Weybridge 4,653 6,356 36.60 12.25 15.19 2.94
Whitchurch 1,862 2,283 22.61 4.07 4.86 0.79
Winchester E 2,034 2,776 36.48 4.10 5.04 0.94
Winchester W 2,679 4,136 54.39 5.73 7.94 2.21
Windsor & Eton 4,204 5,832 38.73 8.89 11.91 3.02
Witney E 2,185 2,547 16.57 4.28 4.82 0.54
Witney W 2,509 2,653 5.74 5.69 5.61 -0.08
Woking E 5,277 6,793 28.73 10.93 13.66 2.73
Woking W 3,818 5,077 32.98 8.43 10.74 2.31
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Wokingham E 2,093 3,157 50.84 5.27 7.51 2.24
Wokingham W 2,728 4,006 46.85 7.55 10.01 2.46
Worthing Central 2,838 3,534 24.52 4.44 5.41 0.97
Worthing E 1,519 1,754 15.47 4.71 5.44 0.73
Worthing Rustington 884 1,004 13.57 4.04 4.15 0.11
Wycombe Rural 3,474 4,282 23.26 7.00 8.40 1.40
Wycombe Urban 6,673 9,282 39.10 14.04 17.32 3.28
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