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.