London has the largest number of migrants among all regions of the UK

Published Date:   Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012


The report of migration observatory at the University of Oxford found that there is significant variation in the geographic distribution of migrants in the UK. Based at the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, the Migration Observatory provides independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK, to inform media, public and policy debates, and to generate high quality research on international migration and public policy issues.

The report found that about half of the UK’s foreign-born population was in London (37%) and the South East (13%) in 2011. Northern Ireland, the North East and Wales have a low share of the UK’s total foreign-born population, 1.5%, 1.5% and 2.3% respectively. In comparison, the UK-born population is more evenly distributed. In 2011, only 9.3% of the whole UK-born population lived in London. Out of which about 1.2 million foreign-born people were living in Inner London and nearly 1.4 million were living in Outer London.


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