One In Four Londoners Born Abroad

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Today’s immigration figures once again show that London has by far the highest rate of immigration in the UK.

More than one in four Londoners in 2014 was born outside the UK, while one in five has been identified as being “Non-British” by the Office for National Statistics.

The figures are a record for the capital, which saw its total non-UK born population rise above the 3 million mark last year, while the total number of Londoners who are Non-British is now almost 2 million.

The London borough of Brent has the highest percentage of Non-British residents in the country at 27.5 per cent, while Kensington and Chelsea follows in a very close second place with 27.2. The two boroughs also top the list for residents who were not born in the UK, with 36 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.

In fact, London boroughs make up the top five local authorities in terms of Non-British residents, and the top 12 local authorities with the largest number of people born outside the UK.

Following closely behind the top two, a quarter of people in Westminster are Non-British, with Non-British residents accounting for a fifth of people in Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing, Harrow, Merton, Haringey, Barking & Dagenham and Camden.

Thirty-four per cent of people in Newham were born abroad, with three in 10 residents of Harrow, Westminster, Hounslow and Ealing were also not born in the UK.

Outside of London, a high proportion of residents in Forest Heath, a rural part of Suffolk, were born abroad and are not identified as British. Places such as Oxford, Cambridge, Luton, Welwyn Hatfield, Leicester, and Southampton also have high figures, while the city of Aberdeen has the highest proportion of foreign residents in Scotland.

The foreign population of London has been steadily rising over the past decade, and despite numerous government pledges to cut immigration, looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

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