Migration is a topic which often features in newspaper column inches and on our television screens. Today it was revealed that over the last year 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 327,000.
Also, it was reported that across the UK 1 in 8 people were born outside the UK.
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?
How much does the non-UK born population vary across the UK?
The map shows that the largest non-UK born populations are in the London area. In 2015 there were 5 local authorities where 50% (or more) of the population were born outside of the UK. Those 5 local authorities were all in London: Brent (54% non-UK born), Newham (54%), Kensington and Chelsea (52%), Harrow (50%), and Westminster (50%). All these local authorities are within London, which is the region with the largest proportion of non-UK born residents (37%).
The map shows that the percentage of the non-UK born 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 population born outside of the UK was 13% (8.6 million of 64.3 million). Of this, 3.2 million were born within the EU, and 5.4 million were born outside of the EU.
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