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Overview
The largest single group of people born abroad who today live in Britain are those with the longest historical links those born in Britain's nearest neighbour, and one time part of the UK, the Republic of Ireland.

For two centuries, young Irish men and women have come in large numbers to work in Britain and millions of British citizens have Irish heritage.

But these arrivals have slowed dramatically in the past 20 years. Ireland's Celtic Tiger economy has boomed and the attractions of migrating have diminished.

Today, Ireland, one of the first modern nations to witness mass emigration to Britain, North America and the Australias, is today itself becoming a nation attracting immigrants.

Concentrations of people born in the Republic of Ireland
Concentrations of people born in the Republic of Ireland
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
494,850 people born in the Republic of Ireland were living in Britain in 2001, some 0.87% of the population.

97,433 fewer people born in Ireland lived in Britain in 2001 than in 1991 a drop of 16%.

6 cities known for their ties to Ireland have seen large decreases in Irish-born over 30 years.

896 local areas devised for these immigration maps 70% of the total - have seen falls in the Irish-born population.


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Distribution of people born in the Republic of Ireland
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 592,283 494,850 -16.45 1.08 0.87 -0.21
 
East Midlands 27,846 25,712 -7.66 0.70 0.62 -0.08
East of England 48,771 46,797 -4.05 0.96 0.87 -0.09
London 214,337 157,556 -26.49 3.21 2.20 -1.01
North East 5,920 5,719 -3.40 0.23 0.23 0.00
North West 67,421 56,882 -15.63 1.00 0.85 -0.15
Scotland 22,800 21,809 -4.35 0.46 0.43 -0.03
South East 71,156 64,386 -9.51 0.95 0.80 -0.15
South West 28,381 25,980 -8.46 0.62 0.53 -0.09
Wales 13,353 12,744 -4.56 0.47 0.44 -0.03
West Midlands 67,086 54,357 -18.97 1.30 1.03 -0.27
Yorks & Humber 25,212 22,908 -9.14 0.52 0.46 -0.06

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Cricklewood London 4,818 3,740 -22.37 12.40 7.32 -5.08
Tollington London 4,358 2,902 -33.41 8.36 4.98 -3.38
Brondesbury London 4,336 2,846 -34.36 10.13 5.59 -4.54
Acton London 3,795 2,509 -33.89 6.20 3.71 -2.49
Hammersmith London 3,471 2,434 -29.88 5.82 3.68 -2.14
Regent's Park London 4,257 2,408 -43.43 5.30 3.31 -1.99
Greenford London 2,590 2,278 -12.05 4.69 3.50 -1.19
Southall E London 3,160 2,248 -28.86 6.49 4.47 -2.02
Ealing Broadway London 2,816 2,092 -25.71 5.76 3.92 -1.84
Luton High Town East of England 2,913 2,069 -28.97 5.84 3.79 -2.05
 
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