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Introduction and figures for Britain
7.5% of people living in Britain were born abroad.
You can find out where they come from and many more key facts throughout this database - the most detailed set of immigration figures ever assembled.


Numbers of people...
Where do people born abroad live in Britain? As the maps on the right show, it is mainly London, the South East and other major cities.

But the picture becomes more interesting the deeper you look. You can explore the details using the tabs above.

This tab tells you about the country as a whole. Find out about your own area, or about people from a particular country, using the two middle tabs. The last tab tells you how different groups are doing in terms of jobs and earnings.

All figures except those in the economics section are from the 2001 Census and cover people living in Britain. They do not tell you about people's ethnicity, and throughout "born abroad" means born outside the British Isles*.

Concentrations of people born outside British Isles
Concentrations of people born outside British Isles
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.
People living in Britain
1971 1981 1991 2001
All people 52,559,260 53,550,270 54,888,744 57,103,331
People born abroad 2,390,759 2,751,130 3,153,375 4,301,280
People born abroad as % of total 4.55 5.14 5.75 7.53

The amount of change...
Between 1991 and 2001, half of Britain's population growth was due to immigration, although it is impossible to predict what will happen next.

What is clear is that every region of Britain has experienced migratory change but there are great differences in the rates of change, the actual numbers and who the newcomers are.

London continues to see the greatest change - and the immigration story of Britain is predominantly the story of the south. Its economic pull cannot be denied. In contrast, population falls in some areas have only been prevented by increased migration.

% Change in numbers of people born outside British Isles
% Change in numbers of people born outside British Isles
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.
Change in people living in Britain
1971 - 1981 1981 - 1991 1991 - 2001
+/- +/- % +/- +/- % +/- +/- %
Change in all people 991,010 1.89 1,338,474 2.50 2,214,587 4.03
Change in people born abroad 360,371 15.07 402,245 14.62 1,147,905 36.40

*British Isles means England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Britain means England, Scotland and Wales. For more on what the figures show and how they were compiled, read Your questions answered.
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