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Overview
The near 52,000 China-born people in Britain comprise one of the smallest key immigrant groups. They are mainly concentrated in London.

But the 2001 figures are almost certainly only part of the picture as Chinese community leaders accept an underreporting of their nationals, driven by asylum movements and unauthorised or illegal migrants.

The growth in China-born people in Eastern England does reflect some of this economic migration. There was a 152% rise in Chinese people in the area over 10 years, representing 4,661 people or 0.09% of the local population.

By contrast, clusters in Cambridge and Oxford reflect the growth in numbers of foreign students at those universities.

Concentrations of people born in China
Concentrations of people born in China
Map on right shows country as if areas with roughly equal populations were the same size. So, densely populated London takes up much more space than sparsely populated Scottish Highlands.

At-a-glance
51,717 people born in China were identified in the 2001 Census, representing 0.09% of the British population.

13,782 are resident in London, while Wales and the North East had the smallest communities.

5 of the fastest growing Chinese clusters are close to universities with large overseas recruitment drives.

243,000 people told the Census they had Chinese ethnicity, with 80,000 of them in the capital.


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Distribution of people born in China
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 23,846 51,717 116.88 0.04 0.09 0.05
 
London 7,053 13,782 95.41 0.11 0.19 0.08
South East 3,397 7,774 128.85 0.05 0.10 0.05
North West 3,156 6,436 103.93 0.05 0.10 0.05
East of England 1,844 4,661 152.77 0.04 0.09 0.05
West Midlands 1,424 3,862 171.21 0.03 0.07 0.04
Scotland 1,733 3,329 92.09 0.03 0.07 0.04
South West 1,445 3,201 121.52 0.03 0.06 0.03
Yorks & Humber 1,393 3,165 127.21 0.03 0.06 0.03
East Midlands 959 2,922 204.69 0.02 0.07 0.05
North East 675 1,321 95.70 0.03 0.05 0.02
Wales 767 1,264 64.80 0.03 0.04 0.01

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TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Cambridge W East of England 208 462 122.12 0.51 0.85 0.34
Colindale London 144 413 186.81 0.25 0.70 0.45
Cambridge E East of England 90 382 324.44 0.18 0.70 0.52
Oxford Headington South East 65 380 484.62 0.13 0.74 0.61
Moss Side North West 198 379 91.41 0.47 0.84 0.37
Oxford W South East 159 369 132.08 0.63 0.98 0.35
Leeds City Yorks & Humber 97 350 260.82 0.18 0.60 0.42
Edgbaston E West Midlands 139 345 148.20 0.33 0.76 0.43
Sheffield City W Yorks & Humber 167 339 102.99 0.39 0.67 0.28
Liverpool Riverside N North West 221 334 51.13 0.66 0.92 0.26
 
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