Migration levels: What do you know about your area?

Migration is a topic which often features in newspaper column inches and on our television screens. Today it was revealed that in the year ending March 2017 net migration (the balance between immigration – those entering the UK for a year or more, and emigration – those leaving the UK for a year or more) was estimated to be +246,000. Also, it was reported that across the UK 1 in 7 people were born outside the UK and 1 in 11 people were non-British nationals in 2016.

But the picture of migration is more complex; migration affects some local areas more than others. What do you think the levels are like in your local area?1

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How much does the non-British population vary across the UK?

The map shows that the largest non-UK British populations are in the London area. In 2016 the five local authorities with the largest proportions of non-British nationals were all in London: Kensington and Chelsea (37% non-British nationals), Brent (34%), Westminster (34%), Newham (33%) and Ealing (32%). All of these local authorities are within London, which is the region with the largest proportion of non-British nationals residing (23%). The UK region with the lowest proportion of non-British nationals is North East England (4%). The map shows that the percentage of the non-British population is generally lower outside of London, and the lowest levels tend to be found in rural areas.

Overall for the UK as a whole, the proportion of the non-British population was 9.3% (6.0 million of 64.7 million). Of this, 3.6 million were EU nationals, and 2.4 million were non-EU nationals.

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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How does your local area compare with the rest of the UK in terms of indicators of migration1?

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