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Overview
In the 10 years to 2001 there was a doubling of the number of South Africa-born people living in Britain bringing the total to some 140,000.

The majority of these people are concentrated in largely affluent areas of London, the anecdotal evidence being that many are business people working in the City of London. There is, for instance, a South African-born cluster in the Canary Wharf area.

University towns such as Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Bristol also show significant clusters of South Africa-born.

Many young people with British family ties have come over the years to work in the UK, including the public services.

Concentrations of people born in South Africa
Concentrations of people born in South Africa
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
140,201 people born in South Africa were in Britain at the 2001 Census a rise of 106% on 1991, representing 0.25% of the population.

32% of South African-born people were recorded in London.

11 of the most affluent areas of London included populations of more than 600 South African-born people each.

2,605 in the Putney area of west London make it the most popular destination for those born in South Africa.


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Distribution of people born in South Africa
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 67,918 140,201 106.43 0.12 0.25 0.13
 
East Midlands 3,045 6,292 106.63 0.08 0.15 0.07
East of England 6,141 13,387 117.99 0.12 0.25 0.13
London 18,644 45,507 144.08 0.28 0.63 0.35
North East 1,538 2,655 72.63 0.06 0.11 0.05
North West 4,586 7,772 69.47 0.07 0.12 0.05
Scotland 4,374 7,803 78.40 0.09 0.15 0.06
South East 15,277 31,062 103.33 0.20 0.39 0.19
South West 6,545 11,381 73.89 0.14 0.23 0.09
Wales 1,711 3,029 77.03 0.06 0.10 0.04
West Midlands 3,189 6,118 91.85 0.06 0.12 0.06
Yorks & Humber 2,868 5,195 81.14 0.06 0.10 0.04

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Wimbledon N London 314 1,493 375.48 0.78 3.23 2.45
Putney E London 200 1,315 557.50 0.53 3.32 2.79
Putney W London 154 1,290 737.66 0.38 3.22 2.84
Golders Green London 565 1,006 78.05 1.34 2.09 0.75
Wimbledon S London 133 1,005 655.64 0.31 2.16 1.85
Richmond N London 442 967 118.78 0.67 1.41 0.74
Highgate London 626 945 50.96 1.35 1.72 0.37
Acton London 215 841 291.16 0.35 1.24 0.89
Fulham London 298 811 172.15 0.63 1.42 0.79
Kensington London 488 799 63.73 0.94 1.27 0.33
 
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