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Overview
One of Born Abroad's most interesting stories is that of Germany-born people in Britain.

There were 262,000 recorded in the 2001 census. Many are them are almost certainly not German but the children of British forces personnel, born while stationed in Germany itself.

Wiltshire, Colchester, North Yorkshire and Aldershot - all centres of army life - have a combined Germany-born population of 12,000 people.

Other Germany clusters are in affluent west London areas particularly Richmond, which has a dedicated German school offering a German curriculum and exam system.

Concentrations of people born in Germany
Concentrations of people born in Germany
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
262,276 Germany-born people were found to be in Britain at the 2001 Census, representing about 0.5% of the total population.

22% more Germany-born people were recorded in 2001 than in 1991, probably due to the return of British forces stationed there.

4 of the top five clusters are near army bases with the fifth - Richmond in west London - the only one thought to mainly consist of German nationals.

700 Germany-born people have gone from north London's suburbs mostly an ageing Jewish population that escaped Nazi Europe prior to World War II.


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Distribution of people born in Germany
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 215,113 262,276 21.92 0.39 0.46 0.07
 
East Midlands 15,940 19,225 20.61 0.40 0.46 0.06
East of England 23,061 27,564 19.53 0.46 0.51 0.05
London 32,060 39,818 24.20 0.48 0.56 0.08
North East 7,257 8,948 23.30 0.29 0.36 0.07
North West 16,741 19,938 19.10 0.25 0.30 0.05
Scotland 13,907 18,703 34.49 0.28 0.37 0.09
South East 42,105 50,291 19.44 0.56 0.63 0.07
South West 24,318 30,214 24.25 0.53 0.61 0.08
Wales 8,191 10,144 23.84 0.29 0.35 0.06
West Midlands 13,853 16,930 22.21 0.27 0.32 0.05
Yorks & Humber 17,680 20,501 15.96 0.37 0.41 0.04

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Salisbury Rural South West 1,404 1,334 -4.99 2.50 2.24 -0.26
Richmond N London 882 1,126 27.66 1.34 1.64 0.30
Richmond W Yorks & Humber 1,319 1,116 -15.39 2.98 2.38 -0.60
Aldershot S South East 1,069 1,068 -0.09 1.98 1.79 -0.19
Devizes Rural South West 1,062 1,040 -2.07 2.13 1.88 -0.25
Hyde Park London 832 1,026 23.32 1.36 1.54 0.18
Kensington London 728 1,000 37.36 1.40 1.59 0.19
Chelsea London 710 974 37.18 1.38 1.59 0.21
Andover South East 929 948 2.05 1.91 1.84 -0.07
Highgate London 876 943 7.65 1.89 1.72 -0.17
 
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