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Democratic Rep of Congo
 

Overview
The number of Congolese people in Britain is a major part of the story of modern asylum movements into western Europe.

There was no official count of DR Congo-born people before 2001, and since then increases in people seeking refuge and removals of failed asylum seekers mean that the Census figure should be treated with caution.

At the Census there were fewer than 9,000 DR Congo-born people in Britain. Eight out of 10 of them were living in London boroughs.

Beyond the capital, the predominant reason for clusters of DR Congo-born people would be asylum dispersals to cities outside the South East.

Concentrations of people born in the Democratic Rep of Congo
Concentrations of people born in the Democratic Rep of Congo
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
8,590 people born in the DR Congo were living in Britain in 2001, according to the census.
6,885 were recorded in London, the biggest clusters all being in northern inner-London areas.

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Distribution of people born in the Democratic Rep of Congo
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain n/a 8,590 n/a n/a 0.02 n/a
 
East Midlands n/a 132 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
East of England n/a 242 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
London n/a 6,885 n/a n/a 0.10 n/a
North East n/a 93 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
North West n/a 365 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
Scotland n/a 117 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
South East n/a 293 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
South West n/a 127 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
Wales n/a 46 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
West Midlands n/a 201 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
Yorks & Humber n/a 89 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Tottenham N London n/a 335 n/a n/a 0.55 n/a
Hackney S London n/a 215 n/a n/a 0.33 n/a
Forest Gate London n/a 207 n/a n/a 0.40 n/a
Leyton London n/a 196 n/a n/a 0.43 n/a
Canning Town London n/a 182 n/a n/a 0.44 n/a
East Ham S London n/a 177 n/a n/a 0.28 n/a
Tottenham S London n/a 167 n/a n/a 0.35 n/a
St. Pancras London n/a 137 n/a n/a 0.30 n/a
East Ham N London n/a 132 n/a n/a 0.26 n/a
Plaistow London n/a 132 n/a n/a 0.35 n/a
 
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