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Overview
Italy is one of the European Union nations with the longest historical ties to the UK, and one of the biggest European nationalities.

It supplied some of the first post-war migrant workers, before the UK turned to mass migration from former British Empire colonies.

The 2001 Census data shows complex changes in the Italian profile. In some areas of Britain long associated with Italian communities there has been a decline, almost certainly down to an ageing population or retirements "back home".

But in other areas such as some affluent parts of London or areas associated with students - there have been steep rises.

Concentrations of people born in Italy
Concentrations of people born in Italy
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
107,002 Italy-born people were resident in Britain in 2001, representing 0.19% of the total population.

3 of the most popular areas for Italy-born people are outside London.

13 local areas saw substantial falls in the Italy-born population between 1991 and 2001.

103 local areas saw substantial increases, amounting to more than 50 people in each.


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Distribution of people born in Italy
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 91,011 107,002 17.57 0.17 0.19 0.02
 
East Midlands 5,469 5,634 3.02 0.14 0.14 0.00
East of England 13,163 14,107 7.17 0.26 0.26 0.00
London 29,982 38,694 29.06 0.45 0.54 0.09
North East 1,093 1,294 18.39 0.04 0.05 0.01
North West 5,783 6,308 9.08 0.09 0.09 0.00
Scotland 3,920 4,936 25.92 0.08 0.10 0.02
South East 13,454 16,428 22.10 0.18 0.21 0.03
South West 5,374 6,301 17.25 0.12 0.13 0.01
Wales 3,283 3,247 -1.10 0.12 0.11 -0.01
West Midlands 5,401 5,526 2.31 0.10 0.10 0.00
Yorks & Humber 4,089 4,527 10.71 0.08 0.09 0.01

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Chelsea London 1,009 1,691 67.59 1.96 2.76 0.80
Bedford W East of England 1,800 1,467 -18.50 3.77 2.79 -0.98
Kensington London 715 1,257 75.80 1.38 2.00 0.62
Hyde Park London 954 1,212 27.04 1.56 1.82 0.26
Cheshunt N East of England 827 796 -3.75 1.77 1.65 -0.12
Enfield Highway London 871 783 -10.10 1.75 1.49 -0.26
London Central London 424 749 76.65 1.13 1.52 0.39
Finchley London 629 743 18.12 1.07 1.02 -0.05
Bedford E East of England 586 729 24.40 1.39 1.59 0.20
Holborn London 440 664 50.91 1.18 1.21 0.03
 
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