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Overview
At the time of the Census, the majority of Polish-born people in Britain were those who had stayed or returned after serving with British forces during World War II. Areas like Swindon or Nottingham were part of this historic settlement.

Since the Census, the majority of arrivals are workers taking advantage of the EU's free market rules: London, for instance, has seen a massive rise in the number of eastern-European catering and construction workers filling apparent gaps in the labour force.

For more on this, see the link at the bottom on "what's changed" which explains immigration from eastern Europe.

Concentrations of people born in Poland
Concentrations of people born in Poland
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
60,680 people living in Britain in 2001 were born in Poland.

342 Polish-born people in south-east Swindon represents the largest cluster outside London.

13,000 fewer Polish-born people were found in Britain in 2001 than in the 1991 census.

932 areas saw decreases, generally reflecting the ageing post-war Polish-born population.


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Distribution of people born in Poland
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 73,951 60,680 -17.95 0.13 0.11 -0.02
 
East Midlands 6,945 4,893 -29.55 0.18 0.12 -0.06
East of England 5,179 4,126 -20.33 0.10 0.08 -0.02
London 21,807 22,221 1.90 0.33 0.31 -0.02
North East 983 763 -22.38 0.04 0.03 -0.01
North West 7,207 4,871 -32.41 0.11 0.07 -0.04
Scotland 3,648 2,505 -31.33 0.07 0.05 -0.02
South East 8,150 7,081 -13.12 0.11 0.09 -0.02
South West 4,699 3,791 -19.32 0.10 0.08 -0.02
Wales 2,066 1,463 -29.19 0.07 0.05 -0.02
West Midlands 6,606 4,574 -30.76 0.13 0.09 -0.04
Yorks & Humber 6,661 4,392 -34.06 0.14 0.09 -0.05

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Acton London 1,583 1,408 -11.05 2.59 2.08 -0.51
Ealing Broadway London 805 978 21.49 1.65 1.83 0.18
Southall E London 909 755 -16.94 1.87 1.50 -0.37
Hammersmith London 544 533 -2.02 0.91 0.81 -0.10
Cricklewood London 422 468 10.90 1.09 0.92 -0.17
Brentford London 459 419 -8.71 1.07 0.99 -0.08
Golders Green London 470 412 -12.34 1.11 0.85 -0.26
Greenford London 244 379 55.33 0.44 0.58 0.14
Kensington London 418 349 -16.51 0.81 0.56 -0.25
Finchley London 272 342 25.74 0.46 0.47 0.01
 
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