Published by Admin on August 22nd, 2012 in UK immigration
The UK is a bastion for migration and some of the facts make interesting reading. From the more recent influxes of peoples, to the immigration of people from the middle of the 20th century onwards, UK immigration has had an effect on all of us. Here is a list of some of the most interesting and exciting UK Immigration facts out there according to The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.
- The foreign born population of the UK nearly doubled between 1993 and 2011. The rise from 3.8m to 7m is even shadowed by the increase of foreign citizens in the country – which, rose from 2m to 4.5m.
- London has the greatest number of foreign born people with 37 per cent of the total for the UK. There is a significant variation between area and distribution of migrants and in the North East of the England and Wales this is between 1.5 – 2.3 per cent depending on the area. Only 9 per cent of the UK born population lives in London.
- The highest area for foreign born people was London’s inner city. There over 42 per cent of the population is foreign born.
- India has the highest share of those who are born in a foreign country at 10 per cent of all countries. Poland however has the highest number of foreign citizens in the UK with a 15 per cent stake.
- Over the next 20 years it is expected that immigration will add over 7m people to the UK’s population. This is the same as seven times Birmingham’s population.
- England has the most people per square area of population in all of Europe and is the fourth most crowded of all the major countries in the world.
- According to The Guardian 49 per cent new immigrants who arrived between 2006 and 2008 have degrees. Of the rest 48 per cent have schooling to second level.
- In 2007 23 per cent of all births were to women who had not been born in the UK. This was a rise of 10 per cent in ten years. In 2007 the fertility rate in the UK was higher than it had been for over 35 years.
- Over 250,000 people immigrated to the UK in 2010, which was the highest total on record for any year ever. This is seen by a significant rise of the numbers coming from China.
Britain is a multicultural country and looks set to stay quite constant for the foreseeable future. These facts show the impact of UK immigration in part on the country.