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Overview
The Zimbabwean population in Britain has been changing rapidly for two reasons, both of which mean that the 2001 figures are almost certainly substantially out of date.

Firstly, the expansion in NHS staff has attracted many more Zimbabwean doctors and nurses than in previous decades.

Secondly, the political turmoil in the country led to a sharp rise in asylum seekers fleeing the regime of President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabweans are overwhelmingly concentrated in London and its northern commuter towns. Luton, Milton Keynes and Slough are some of the key areas to have experienced rises in southern African populations over the past decade.

Concentrations of people born in Zimbabwe
Concentrations of people born in Zimbabwe
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
49,000 Zimbabwe-born people were living in Britain in 2001 just over half of them in London.

480 Zimbabwe-born people were living in Luton Town in 2001 a jump from the 28 who were there in 1991 but representing less than 1% of Luton's residents.

4 areas of the country had populations under 0.1%.

5 growing clusters of Zimbabwe-born in the East of England region make it the area seeing the most change from this nationality outside of London.


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Distribution of people born in Zimbabwe
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 21,427 49,303 130.10 0.04 0.09 0.05
 
London 6,131 17,021 177.62 0.09 0.24 0.15
South East 4,726 10,059 112.84 0.06 0.13 0.07
East of England 2,036 5,595 174.80 0.04 0.10 0.06
East Midlands 1,270 2,815 121.65 0.03 0.07 0.04
South West 2,054 3,557 73.17 0.04 0.07 0.03
West Midlands 989 2,645 167.44 0.02 0.05 0.03
Yorks & Humber 804 1,997 148.38 0.02 0.04 0.02
North East 360 607 68.61 0.01 0.02 0.01
North West 1,248 2,152 72.44 0.02 0.03 0.01
Scotland 1,274 2,078 63.11 0.03 0.04 0.01
Wales 535 777 45.23 0.02 0.03 0.01

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Luton High Town East of England 28 480 1,614.29 0.06 0.88 0.82
Wimbledon N London 78 288 269.23 0.19 0.62 0.43
Canning Town London 32 267 734.38 0.10 0.65 0.55
Forest Gate London 68 266 291.18 0.17 0.52 0.35
Knighton East Midlands 148 265 79.05 0.26 0.49 0.23
Southend E East of England 33 263 696.97 0.04 0.35 0.31
Slough E South East 21 250 1,090.48 0.04 0.46 0.42
Slough W South East 15 241 1,506.67 0.03 0.45 0.42
Hackney S London 58 237 308.62 0.11 0.36 0.25
Selhurst London 38 232 510.53 0.07 0.37 0.30
 
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