Laura Sharman 06 March 2015

Migrant populations rises in every council area, research finds

Migrant populations rises in every council area, research finds

England’s migrant population has increased by more than half a million people in the past three years, new research is showing.

Analysis by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford - which attempts to update the migrant information collected in the 2011 Census - shows the number of people born abroad now living in England increased by 565,000 between 2011 and 2014.

According to the research, every local authority area saw an increase in their migrant populations in this time period. Around two-thirds of these migrants were born in EU countries.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said: ‘This data show how different local experiences of migration have been across the UK. There are large variations in the size of migrant populations, as well as the share that come from EU countries.

‘We have undertaken this analysis to provide a resource for anyone looking to understand local demographics of migration in the run-up to the general election.’

 
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